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4.1. Introduction

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This chapter examines the influence of American constitutional law on Nordic constitutional law after 1970. In sum, tracking American influence in Nordic constitutional law becomes harder in this period than before. While theory, in particular, shows that legal writers were knowledgeable about developments in American law, and while American law had some direct influence on Nordic law, Nordic discussion of American constitutional law was also hampered by generalisations and over-simplifications. Much of the influence was not direct at all, but was instead transmitted through the law of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). While American constitutional thought continues to influence the law of the ECHR, and that law, in turn, continues to influence Nordic constitutional thought, the American influence on Nordic constitutional law and theory will continue to be felt, albeit indirectly.

Keywords: European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); European law; Nordic constitutional law



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