The Netherlands is famous for its liberal take on law and order. It has formed a reputation of tolerance for some of the most taboo aspects of social life: hired sex and recreational drugs. But when compared to the harsher policies of other jurisdictions – like Sweden’s ban on prostitution, for example – Dutch policies do not seem to be taken seriously in the international arena.

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The concept of the company's separate legal personality obtained through the 'veil of incorporation' and the limited liability it entails are at the core of company law, enabling much of the dealings within it (e.g. through its protection for investors) (Matthews, 2013). However, piercing this veil has been subject to much controversy over its history, with many academics arguing for the need of clarification on both of its principles (Hannigan, 2013).

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Law, in its rigidity, has always tried to temper the passing of time by adapting it and using it to its own means, harnessing its effects over some powerful legal institutions (Căpățână, 2007). In this article, I have chosen to present a matter of significant importance: the effects of the acquisitive prescription over the right of servitude. 

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Historically, the family was viewed in the private sphere, which is compatible with the notion of private ordering, defined as the right of individuals ‘to organise their lives as they wish, free from state and court intervention’ (Cretney, 2003). This proposes that individuals are not granted unlimited freedom and simply left alone, but that ‘they should have the right to create legal obligations’ (Cretney, 2003).

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