Procedural Justice, Trust and Political Legitimacy
On April 25, 2016, Leiden Law School hosted a symposium on Procedural Justice, Trust and Political Legitimacy, in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of the Interior, in the context of the Leiden Law School honors class on Alternative Conflict Resolution. Speakers were Worldbank analyst and Leiden PhD candidate Florentin Blanc, Professor E. Allan Lind (Duke University) and former Ombudsman Professor Alex Brenninkmeijer.
Florentin Blanc opened the session with an introduction in 'Rules, Control, Compliance, Outcomes'. Drawing from his PhD research and his experiences in his work for the Worldbank, he explained how the fair treatment of citizens by governments can (and does) foster compliance, trust and legitimacy.
Professor E. Allan Lind (Duke University) elaborated on the social and psychological importance of procedural justice, explaining how - for evolutionary reasons - our brains perceive inclusion and fair treatment as a reward, and injustice and exclusion as pain.
Professor Alex Brenninkmeijer shared his experiences, a.o. as the Dutch Ombudsman, with relations between governments and citizens, involving rules and regulations, trust, control, authoritarianism, and the importance of procedural justice as a combination of ethos, pathos and logos.