Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ole Hammerslev, Olaf Halvorsen Rønning
    Pages 1-13 Open Access
  3. Olaf Halvorsen Rønning
    Pages 15-41 Open Access
  4. Isabel Schoultz
    Pages 43-76 Open Access
  5. Antti Rissanen
    Pages 77-97 Open Access
  6. Bettina Lemann Kristiansen
    Pages 99-124 Open Access
  7. Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir
    Pages 125-146 Open Access
  8. Ole Hammerslev, Annette Olesen, Olaf Halvorsen Rønning
    Pages 147-167 Open Access
  9. Stine Piilgaard Porner Nielsen, Ole Hammerslev
    Pages 169-191 Open Access
  10. Annette Olesen
    Pages 193-225 Open Access
  11. Ole Hammerslev, Olaf Halvorsen Rønning
    Pages 311-328 Open Access
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 329-341

About this book


This edited collection provides a comprehensive analysis of the differences and similarities between civil legal aid schemes in the Nordic countries whilst outlining recent legal aid transformations in their respective welfare states. Based on in-depth studies of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland, the authors compare these cases with legal aid in Europe and the US to examine whether a single, unique Nordic model exists. Contextualizing Nordic legal aid in relation to welfare ideology and human rights, Hammerslev and Halvorsen Rønning consider whether flaws in the welfare state exist, and how legal aid affects disadvantaged citizens. 
Concluding that the five countries all have very different legal aid schemes, the authors explore an important general trend: welfare states increasingly outsourcing legal aid to the market and the third sector through both membership organizations and smaller voluntary organizations. A methodical and compas
sionate text, this book will be of special interest to scholars and students of the criminal justice, the welfare state, and the legal aid system.


Socio-legal studies Law Criminology Criminal Justice Action Research Scandinavia Welfare state Norway Demark Finland Sweden Iceland

Editors and affiliations

  • Olaf Halvorsen Rønning
    • 1
  • Ole Hammerslev
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Criminology and Sociology of LawUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of LawUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark

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