Recht in Balans

Justice in Balance

Why justice isn’t always fair…

During the past decades justice has become one-dimensional.

A dispute between two parties is treated as a specific problem and taken out of the context of the relationship between these parties.
It is then adjudicated purely by Dutch Law.
The Judge adjudicates and that is the end.

Is that the case?

Will parties never meet again?
Will they never work together anymore?
And did the decision of the court do justice to intentions and underlying emotions?

Digna de Bruin Advocacy & Mediation

Digna de Bruin is constantly looking for what it is that moves parties in a dispute.
Adjudication is good as long as it leads to justice, preferably for both parties.
Only then people will receive optimal justice.
And eventually a human being is the measure of all things.

Digna calls this outlook, based on the human scale, Justice in Balance. With her approach Digna is part of the international movement Integrative Law.

Justice in Balance is reflected in Digna de Bruin’s daily practice for advocacy and mediation.

In addition Digna can act as a Justice in Balance mentor or coach for colleagues as well as for future lawyers and mediators.

He who abandons a project dies slowly by Pablo Neruda

He or she who abandons a project before starting it,
who fails to ask questions on subjects he doesn’t know,
who doesn’t reply when they are asked something they do know,
dies slowly.

He who never changes pace by Pablo Neruda

He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routes every day,
who never changes pace,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not speak and does not experience,
dies slowly.

Muere lentamente Pablo Neruda

¡Vive hoy! – ¡Haz hoy!
¡Ariesga hoy!
¡No te dejes morir lentamente!
¡No te olvides de ser feliz!

Muere lentamente – Pablo Neruda
“Die Slowly” by Pablo Neruda