ScanRights: Economic and Social Rights in Scandinavian UN Diplomacy in the 1970s

The project examines the role of socio-economic human rights in the multilateral diplomacy of the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, and Denmark) at the United Nations in the 1970s. Through a transnational approach to multi-national archival research, the project seeks to understand why the Scandinavian countries increased their support for poverty reduction and the promotion of socio-economic human rights at a time when egalitarian politics were on the decline elsewhere in the West. Specifically, the project asks to what extent, how, and why the Scandinavian countries invoked human rights in global debates on the New International Economic Order (NIEO) and the Right to Development.

I am currently working on two research papers within this project:

  • Scandinavian Diplomacy on Human Rights and Economic Inequality at the UN in the 1970s: Between the NIEO and Basic Needs

  • Scandinavia and the 1968 International Year for Human Rights

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 841332.

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