Københavns Universitet
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Nordic Criminal Justice in a Global World

Konference — The Nordic countries are often highlighted as role models. Whether focused on their welfare models or relatively high levels of social cohesion and trust in public institutions, the Nordics have been called upon as examples to follow by agents as different as the president of the French republic and small NGOs working to ban the purchase of sexual services.


Date & Time:

Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Hosted by:
Mikkel Jarle Christensen, Associate Professor, iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law, in collaboration with Stockholm University and University of Oslo



As criminal justice has become globalised over the past decades, the idea that Nordic criminal justice systems are exceptional has also proliferated. This exceptionalism – tied to perceptions of less punitive and more welfare oriented criminal justice systems – is supported and used by stakeholders both within and beyond the Nordics themselves. The conference will be the first to critically investigate how Nordic criminal justice systems have been built and promoted as exceptional. Bringing together experts on different elements of Nordic criminal justice systems, the conference zooms in on legal, political and professional ideas about Nordic criminal justice and on how such ideas have been used to promote particular perspectives on what criminal law ought to be and do.

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