The Scandinavian rights revolution: Individual rights, civil society mobilization and democratic change

The project explores how and whether civil society in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have shifted to a rights-approach.

map of Scandinavia


About the project

The aim of the project is to look at how civil society in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway may have contributed to expanding the protection of individual rights through the judicial system. The project addresses three core questions:

  • How have courts contributed to the increase in protection of individual rights?
  • What explains civil society’s battle for individual rights? and
  • What are the consequences for society when the protection of rights is strengthened?

The project looks at supreme court decisions from Sweden, Denmark and Sweden, decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and the EFTA-court in Luxembourg.The mapping will combine qualitative and quantitative measurements. By tracing cases in the judicial system, one should be able to identify particular rights or possible waves of cases on individual rights.


Swedish Research Council


University of Gothenburg

University of Copenhagen

Published Feb. 13, 2020 2:13 PM - Last modified Apr. 29, 2020 8:48 AM