Research Categories and Research Questions

Impossible to translate General Part?  Normally a translator can use many existing sources to produce the additional chapters about the life of the author, the theoretical relevance of the text and the explanatory annotations to the translation, which are usually included in published translations. In the case of the translation of the General Part all the sources are in Dutch and refer to the Dutch legal, historical, social and cultural background. To be able to use these sources for the production of the additional chapters a preliminary comparative research is needed. This is the reason why many people thought that it would be impossible to translate the General Part. There are so many references in it to institutions, legislation and case law, which are already difficult to understand for the new Dutch generation, let alone for new generations in other countries.

Relevance of Collaborative Research  The research needed for the translation of the General Part will therefore have to pay attention to the personal, social and historical context of the book, in order to provide the necessary knowledge of the changes in the legal practice. This will also be necessary in order to be able to compare the book to well known international literature on several subjects such as the legitimation of legal decisions, the concept of subjective law and the concept of rule-following. Finally the research will have to critically evaluate these data.

Comments and Articles  The website sets up a collaborative research for legal theorists, sociologists and historians, for the further elaboration of the translation. Users of the site are invited in various places to give a comment, while in other places they are invited to submit articles. Both comments and articles will be reviewed. The articles will be posted as preprints directly after submittance, after a marginal check by the administrator.  They will have the status of concept till they are edited. The edit is primarily focused on the elaboration of a method for comparative theory with the help of the reference system Zotero. Read more about this in Author instruction new way.  After being edited the article will be sent for review. Read more about how the review is organized in editorial policy. When the review process is finished, the articles will be published on the site. Read more on this in Publications

Research Questions  To organize the collaborative inquiry research questions are formulated. Users of the site are invited to formulate new research questions or criticize formulated research questions. Sometimes, like in the register of names, people can use the commentfunction to propose research questions. In other cases, please use the contactaddress and write an email with your proposal or criticism to the administrator. The administrator will then create a place on the site where they can be published.

Research categories The research will be organized in six main categories (social economic background, theoretical relevance, dictionary, index of names, index of legislation and index of cases). The main categories each have several research questions. For theoretical relevance some research questions have already been formulated. In the near future many more research questions will be formulated. Articles can only be submitted for a certain research question. When people want to contribute an article, for which they do not find an appropriate research question they can send an email to the administrator, to ask for advise or to propose a research question.

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