In traditional comparative law studies, the Nordic legal systems are dealt with only in passing. Despite the geographically peripheral location, the Nordic societies have, however, achieved a great deal. What is Nordic law all about, then? In this book a group of comparatively minded legal scholars explores the mentality underlying Nordic law and seeks to explain its relationship with both long-term cultural tradition and the forces that account for its historical continuity. How was Nordic law transformed into a vehicle of social change, progress and instrumentalism? The fundamental claim of this book, consisting of a variety of essays, is that Nordic law has for centuries already been informed by an inclusive and status-oriented view of social justice and social ethics, a view which has been relevant to the general outlining of the legal systems, and which has survived many processes of social and cultural transformation.
Nordic Law – Between Tradition and Dynamism (p. 1)
The Art of Internationalisation, or What is Nordic Law (p. 41)
Nordic Law in a European Context: Some comparative observations (p. 55)
On Similarities and Differences in Thinking: A German lawyer in Finland (p. 65)
So You Thought Transplanting Law is Easy? Fear of Scandinavian Legal Realism in Finland, 1918–1965 (p. 75)
Comparing Finland and Sweden: The Structure of Legal Argument (p. 89)
Nordic Criminal Justice Policy – Single Path or Separate Ways? (p. 109)
Participation in Crime in Nordic Criminal Laws: Variations on a Theme (p. 127)
The Question of Constitutional Court – On Its Relevance in the Nordic Context (p. 153)
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Prof. Dr. J. Smits (chair - Tilburg University, the Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. M. Faure (Maastricht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. E. Vos (Maastricht University, the Netherlands).