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The Bi-Centenary of the Norwegian Constitution: Human rights and domestic laws (completed)

Under the sub-heading "The global in the local and the local in the global - constitution, human rights and conflicting interests", the project provided new knowledge about human rights history. It shed light on key issues that the Norwegian parliament discussed when revising the Constitution in 2014.

About the project

The twentieth century has been called the 'age of rights'. Norway participated in creating the international human rights system, and it gained an increasingly strong position in political discourse and law.

The project examined the significance of national constitutional arrangements for the emergence and impact of the human rights system on domestic affairs, and in particular on marginalized groups. The project had a main emphasis on Norway, with transnational and comparative elements.

The project has had two main parts. One was archive-based studies of Norway's and the United States' contributions to the international human rights system, with a main emphasis on the years 1940-1954.

The second was an archive- and interview-based study of Norway's contribution to and ratification of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 169 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (1989).

The project contributed to which was launched in the autumn of 2015.


The Research Council of Norway.

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