Justice in the Risk Society
This project will focus on new regulations developed in order to control risk that may challenge fundamental rights.
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About the project
In recent decades, there has been an increased focus on societal risks, such as terrorism, health risks and natural disasters. In order to control or manage risk, new legislative measures have been established. A criminal act is no longer a necessary precondition for the use of force, a perceived threat or risk is in some cases sufficient. These new legislative measures may challenge fundamental rights such as the right to the integrity of the person, prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment, the right to liberty and security, respect for private and family life, protection of personal data, the rule of law and due process.
This project consists of two subprojects which each will focus on areas where new regulations and/or legislations have been developed in order to control risk, and where the new regulations may challenge fundamental rights.
Through the two empirical examples this project will explore to what extent the effort to control risk has led to new legislation or new practices, and further on how control of risk is balanced with citizens’ fundamental rights.
- Subproject 1: Police cooperation and exchange of information in Europe (PhD projectv - Synnøve Ugelvik)
- Subproject 2: Losing a discourse of justice (Heidi Mork Lomell)
The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Professor Barbara Hudson, University of Central Lancashire, UK