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Nordic Law in European Context

  • Pia Letto-Vanamo
  • Ditlev Tamm
  • Bent Ole Gram Mortensen


  • Offers an introduction to law and (pragmatic and realistic) legal thinking in the Nordic countries

  • Analyses the particularities of Nordic law in various legal fields compared to other European legal systems

  • Compares the Nordic legal systems with each other


Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 73)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Pia Letto-Vanamo, Ditlev Tamm
    Pages 1-19
  3. Jørn Henrik Petersen
    Pages 21-39
  4. Jaakko Husa
    Pages 41-60
  5. Bent Ole Gram Mortensen, Markku Suksi
    Pages 61-77
  6. Johanna Niemi
    Pages 79-95
  7. Ingrid Lund-Andersen, Annette Kronborg
    Pages 97-113
  8. Johan Bärlund, Peter Moegelvang-Hansen
    Pages 115-133
  9. Patrik Lindskoug
    Pages 135-151
  10. Jens Kristiansen
    Pages 153-161
  11. Olli Mäenpää, Niels Fenger
    Pages 163-178
  12. Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, Kimmo Nuotio
    Pages 179-199
  13. Anna Nylund, Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde
    Pages 201-213

About this book


Nordic law is often referred to as something different from other legal systems. At the same time, it is a common belief that the Nordic countries share more or less the same legal tradition and are very similar in their approach to the law. Considering both of these points of view, the book tells a story of how Nordic law and Nordic legal thinking differ from other legal systems, and how there are many particularities in the law of each of the Nordic countries, making them different from each other.

The idea of “Nordic” law also conceals national features. The basic premise of the book is that even if, strictly speaking, there is no such thing as a Nordic common law, it still makes sense to speak of “Nordic” law, and that acquiring a more-than-basic knowledge of this law is interesting not only for comparative lawyers, but also helpful for those working with Nordic lawyers and dealing with questions involving law in the Nordic countries.


Nordic Law Nordic Legal Cooperation Nordic Legal Thinking Nordic Welfare State Nordic Constitutional Mentality Social Civil Law Nordic Family Law Nordic Administrative Law Nordic Criminal Policy Nordic Courts

Editors and affiliations

  • Pia Letto-Vanamo
    • 1
  • Ditlev Tamm
    • 2
  • Bent Ole Gram Mortensen
    • 3
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.University of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark

About the editors

Pia Letto-Vanamo is a professor at the University of Helsinki. She is a legal historian and comparative lawyer specialising in European and Nordic legal history, Nordic legal culture(s) and transnational law. Currently she is working as dean of the Faculty of Law  t the University of Helsinki.  She has published several books and articles on European and Nordic legal history, history of legal integration, on legal cultures in the world and on questions concerning access to justice and the ADR. 
Ditlev Tamm is a professor of legal history, and teaches history of law, comparative law and law and literature at the University of Copenhagen. He is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters and has published several books and articles within the fields of Danish and European legal history, comparative law, political history, literature and cultural studies. 
Bent Ole Gram Mortensen is a professor at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. His chair includes environmental and energy law. He has published a large number of books and articles on a broad range of subjects, including energy law, environmental law, Arctic law, constitutional law and competition law.

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