The book is a comparative study in the status of international human rights norms in the domestic law of all the Nordic countries and the three Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. An amazingly rapid development towards direct applicability of international human rights treaties has taken place in recent years in all the countries in question. This book provides in-depth analysis of the situation in the eight countries.
Each country-specific chapter is followed by a document section. Depending on the country in question the documents include constitutional texts, incorporation enactments of human rights, treaties, court rulings etc. The English translations of the Constitutions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are given in full.
The book includes a Foreword by Dr. Ole Espersen, the Council of the Baltic Sea States Commissioner on Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, including the Rights of Persons belonging to Minorities.
Foreword; O. Espersen.
1. General Introduction; M. Scheinin.
2. Estonia; A. Neljas.
3. Latvia; I. Ziemele.
4. Lithuania; V. Vadapalas.
5. Iceland; S.M. Stefánsson, R. Aðalsteinsson.
6. Norway; K. Eggen.
7. Denmark; B. Kofod Olsen.
8. Finland; M. Scheinin.
9. Sweden; G. Melander.
Chart of Ratifications.