Oslo District Court, Norway, 2017: Greenpeace and Nature & Youth sue the state, claiming oil exploration plans in the Barents Sea violate constitutional rights to a healthy environment and Norway’s international treaty obligations.
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The Scandinavian rights revolution: Individual rights, civil society mobilisation and democratic change

Research project
Active research
Project period
2017 - 2022
Project owner
School of Global Studies

Short description

How has civil society legal mobilisation shaped the judicial expansion of individual legal rights in Denmark, Norway and Sweden? This project analyzes how civil society groups in Scandinavia have mobilized law in courts to pursue their aims and how their litigation has, in turn, transformed societies. The project brings together a group of researchers in law, political science and sociology of law, based at the universities of Gothenburg, Oslo and Copenhagen.