PluriCourts Lunch: Wither sovereignty? Norway in Strasbourg

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Norwegian politicians and civil servants regarded human rights as norms that could form the basis of inter-state legal obligations, but not as rules that were to be enforced by a supranational court.

Anne Julie Semb will present a paper which explores the Norwegian government's position in the political process that finally led to the establishment of the European Court of Human Rights. How did the anti-federal sentiments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian concern for state sovereignty impact on its position, and how did the Norwegian government perceive the future relation between this regional court in the making and Norwegian domestic affairs throughout the process? The paper will be based on a combination of secondary sources and archival material from the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tags: Human Rights, Origins
Published Aug. 14, 2014 1:44 PM - Last modified Nov. 24, 2014 1:25 PM