Getting Systematic on Legal Apology

English translation of: C.P. Reinders Folmer (2022). Systematisch kijken naar excuses in het recht. Recht der Werkelijkheid, 2022 (1), 88-93. doi: 10.5553/RdW/138064242022043001007

9 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2022

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Chris Reinders Folmer

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2022

Abstract

The place that apologies (should) occupy in law continues to stir up emotions in the Dutch legal literature. Apologies are seen in this discussion either as an essential means of meeting victims' needs or as something that poses legal risks, and should not be legalized. Nevertheless, much is unclear about the role apologies actually play in Dutch legal practice. In her recent book, Lianne Wijntjens offers important insight into this question, within the realm of civil law and medical disciplinary law. In doing so, she answers important open questions for the legal scholarly discussion on this topic, and offers promising leads for legal practice. This book review highlights the merits of this important work, and unlocks its conclusions for an English-speaking audience.

Keywords: Apology, tort law, civil law, medical disciplinary law, relational needs, victims, reconciliation

Suggested Citation

Reinders Folmer, Chris, Getting Systematic on Legal Apology (June 1, 2022). English translation of: C.P. Reinders Folmer (2022). Systematisch kijken naar excuses in het recht. Recht der Werkelijkheid, 2022 (1), 88-93. doi: 10.5553/RdW/138064242022043001007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4136752

Chris Reinders Folmer (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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