- Moral quality in adjudication. On judicial virtues and civic friendship
- Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy
- Volume | Issue number
- 44 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
How best to account for moral quality in adjudication? This article proposes a six-pack of judicial virtues as part of a truly virtue-centred approach to adjudication. These virtues are presented as both constitutive and indispensible for realizing moral quality in adjudication. In addition, it will be argued that in order to honour the inherent relational dimension of adjudication a judge should not only possess these judicial virtues to a sufficient degree, he should also have the attitude of a civic friend. The Aristotelian concept of civic friendship will be proposed as an important complement to a virtue-ethical approach to adjudication.
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