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Strafrechtelijke aansprakelijkheid heroverwogen. Over opzet, schuld, schulduitsluitingsgronden en straf

08 May 2008

PhD ceremony: A.A. van Dijk, 16.15 uur, Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5

Thesis: Strafrechtelijke aansprakelijkheid heroverwogen. Over opzet, schuld, schulduitsluitingsgronden en straf

Promotor: prof. M. Otte

Faculty: Law 


Interpretation of intent, recklessness, and negligence reconsidered

According to Dutch law criminal liability usually depends on ‘opzet’ (intent, foresight, and recklessness) or ‘schuld’ (negligence). PhD student Alwin van Dijk states that the interpretation of these concepts depends on the control principle: people should be afforded a fair opportunity to avoid criminal liability. Van Dijk claims that psychological biases cause judges to convict too readily for negligence crimes.  

With regard to intent, foresight, and recklessness (‘opzet’), Van Dijk states that the traditional view that these concepts consist of belief and desire, is wrong. In his view, belief is a sufficient condition.


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