Event | Nordic Workshop on Law and Crises

16.12.2022 09:00 - 13:00

Time: 16 December 2022
Place: Faculty of Law, University of Turku (Calonia buidling, lecture hall Cal2, address: Caloniankuja 3, Turku) & online

This workshop discusses and comparatively evaluates the recent Nordic experiences of law and crises in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, and beyond. The themes to be discussed concern the positionality of law and protecting fundamental rights and democracy, in addition to the role of various supervisory powers in safeguarding the rule of law during crises and in managing them. This discussion not only expands our understanding of previous experiences of law during crises, but it also enables us to better prepare for future crises.

The themes of the workshop were discussed previously in the Covid-19 issue of Svensk Juristtidning in 2020. This workshop aims to widen the understanding of these issues and update our knowledge regarding recent developments and evaluations. In 2022, with new information available on both the virus itself and how the legal and judicial constraints functioned during the Covid-19 pandemic, our perspectives and insights on emergency measures need to be re-evaluated. Thus, the developments found during and after the pandemic will be added to the previous findings.

The event is organized jointly by the Faculty of Law at the University of Turku and the research project “Just Recovery from Covid-19? Fundamental Rights, Legitimate Governance and Lessons Learned” (JuRe).



Session I “Nordic constitutions and responses to Covid-19 and beyond” (at 9.00-13.00) is open to all (onsite or online participation).

Other sessions (II-IV) are closed sessions.

Registration is required for all participants.

Register here by December 8, 2022



(Time zone EET, UTC+2).

Session I: Nordic constitutions and responses to Covid-19 and beyond (venue: Calonia building, lecture hall Cal2, 2nd floor)
Chair: Elina Pirjatanniemi (Åbo Akademi University)

9.00–9.10 Opening remarks
Janne Salminen (University of Turku)

9.10–9.50  Norway: An overview of law and crises
Benedikte Moltumyr Høgberg (University of Oslo)
Discussant: Christoffer Conrad Eriksen (University of Oslo)

9.50–10.30 Iceland: Constitutional rights in time of crisis in Iceland and principle of proportionality
Björg Thorarensen (The Supreme Court of Iceland)
Discussant: Hafsteinn Dan Kristjánsson (University of Iceland)

10.30–11.00 Coffee 

11.00–11.40 Sweden: Constitutional conclusions and lessons from the pandemic in Sweden
Anna Jonsson Cornell (Uppsala University)
Discussant: Marika Ericson (Swedish Defence University)

11.40–12.20 Finland: Constitutional lessons from Finland
Janne Salminen (University of Turku)
Discussant: Anu Mutanen (Tampere University)

12.20–13.00 Denmark: The Danish legal response to the Covid-19 pandemic
Sune Klinge & Jens Elo Rytter (University of Copenhagen)
Discussant: Ulla Neergaard (University of Copenhagen)



Coordinator Mari Taskinen, mari.taskinen@utu.fi