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Nordic CONREASON: Nordic exceptionalism? Mapping constitutional reasoning in the Nordic countries

About this project

Project information

Project status

In progress 2021 - 2024


Katalin Capannini-Kelemen

Research subject

The rise of judicial power has been a global trend in the last decades. Supreme and constitutional courts play an increasingly larger role in defining the direction, shape and content of public policies in many countries. The Nordic supreme courts have not been an exception. The project studies the reasoning-practice of the supreme courts of five Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland. We will identify patterns of argumentation with empirical methods to discover common traits and trends. This allows us to make a comparison with other supreme and constitutional courts in the world, in relation to which these studies have already been conducted. The research team is composed of one constitutional scholar from each Nordic country and a statistician. An international Advisory Board helps the work of the team.

Research staff from other Nordic universities:

  • Morten Nadim, PhD, University of Oslo
  • Haukur Logi Karlsson, Post-doctoral fellow, University of Iceland
  • Maija Dahlberg, Senior Lecturer, University of Eastern Finland
  • Helle Krunke, Professor of Law, PhD, University of Copenhagen
  • Åsa Elmerot, Associate Professor, Uppsala University

Read more about the project here.

Research funding bodies

  • The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Adrienne Stone, Melbourne Law School, Australia
  • András Jakab, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Johanna Fröhlich, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Ragnhildur Helgadóttir, University of Reykjavik, Iceland