Justice and the Right to Justification

Jürgen Neyer

in The Justification of Europe

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641246
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745591 | DOI:
Justice and the Right to Justification

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The right to justification enters the stage in chapter six. It is introduced as a concept of justice that meets the criteria of normative realism. It has both critical bite and the capacity to reconstruct the most central structures, institutions and practices of the EU. It is explained as a philosophically grounded political standard with universal applicability. The right to justification implies that persons or institutions that restrict our freedom are obliged to explain their reasons for doing so to an independent third party equipped with the competence to assess the merits of the arguments. Restrictions on our freedom are not unjust on principle; they do require, however, an explicit justification for why they should be considered necessary. Every person or institution that restricts our freedom owes us a justification and we have the right to demand it.

Keywords: right to justification; limitations on individual liberty; arguments

Chapter.  12385 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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