Mens Mensura iuris: over rechtsbewustzijn, gelijkheid en mensenrechtenBoersema, D. A. A. 1998 Groningen: s.n.. 467 p.
Research output: Scientific › Doctoral Thesis
This study was undertaken to explore the problems surrounding the human rights that are usually regarded as the moral foundation of modern society. The values incorporated in these human rights and the legal problems concerning their validity raise many questions. To achieve an insight into these problems, this study regards human rights as a product of the Western development of the law. The primary concern here is the importance of this development and ways to put it into perspective, not by comparing it with other law cultures, but by exploring the immanent dynamics of the Western development itself. For this purpose, the study primarily regards the Western history (of law) as a history of consciousness. The tertium comparationes for the description of this development is the concept of human individuality. The issue of equality of rights is used as the example that gives this study a concrete focus. The problems surrounding equality of rights may be understood as fundamental to the understanding and functioning of the law and at the same time—because of the existing uncertainty about the meaning of equality as a legal principle—as a starting-point for putting Western legal consciousness into perspective.
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