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The Nordic States and the European Convention on Human Rights
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5982-4555
2016 (English)In: The Convergence of the Fundamental Rights Protection in Europe / [ed] Rainer Arnold, Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2016, 85-99 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

When Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in 1953 became parties to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) there was no need for any kind of “rights revolution”, i.e. a reassessment of the role that the idea and concept of human rights had in the domestic, legal and political life of the Nordic states. The method used to implement the ECHR was passive transformation, that is an assessment that there was full normative harmony between the Convention and the domestic systems of law. The approach to the ECHR was characterised by a certain Nordic arrogance, a presumption that the countries of Southern or Central Europe had nothing to teach to the Nordic countries, known as champions in securing all aspects of the well-being of their inhabitants. It was of no importance that in the Nordic countries the individual is protected in another way than in countries that have a strong tradition of rights-based protection. In the Nordic tradition emphasis is put on protecting, in a rational and just way, the interests of human beings, through a political process and without giving individual rights any priority among various competing interests.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2016. 85-99 p.
Series
Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice, ISSN 1534-6781 ; 52
Keyword [en]
Human rights protection, Nordic constitutional traditions
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Law
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Constitutional Law
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-55377DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-7465-9_5ISBN: 978-94-017-7463-5 (print)ISBN: 978-94-017-7465-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-55377DiVA: diva2:1071887
Available from: 2017-02-06 Created: 2017-02-06 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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