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ScanRights: Economic and Social Rights in Scandinavian Diplomacy at the United Nations, 1970-2000

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 from 1970 to 2000. 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 and the Right to Development.

The project is hosted at the Department of History and Human Rights Studies and at Lund University from September 2019 to August 2021.

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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