The International Influence of the Norwegian 1814 Constitution 1814-1920
After 1814, the Norwegian Constitution was the only European constitution in force based on modern popular sovereignty. All other constitutions from the revolutionary period had been abolished. The idea of the Conference is to study the interest in and impact of the Norwegian Constitution in constitutional and political debates in other countries.
Professorboligen. Photo: UiO.
A hypothesis is that the Norwegian Constitution was a closer possible model for liberal or democratic opposition in monarchies than the US presidential system. The conference will explore the emanation of knowledge of the Constitution as well as the understanding of how it worked in practice in all relevant countries, also including Latin America with its constitutional reforms. Possible influence can also be discussed in the light of different national post 1814 constitutional developments.