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Peter Kristian Hjaltason

Peter Kristian Hjaltason

PhD Student

The project’s main research topic is human rights in the Danish municipalities. The project is conducted in collaboration between the Faculty of Law and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

In Denmark, municipalities occupy a central and independent role in realizing human rights. Therefore, it is interesting, both theoretically and in practice, to analyse how the Danish municipalities apply human rights in their activities, and what significance human rights has in this regard.

Human rights law, municipality law, administrative law and social welfare law are all well-cultivated areas. The purpose of the project is therefore to link and further develop these areas.

Against this backdrop, the project will shed light on questions such as:

  • What does it mean to work with human rights in the Danish municipalities?
  • To what extent are municipalities obliged to implement human rights in Denmark?
  • What is the significance of Danish municipality law for the municipalities’ work with human rights?

These questions will be analysed both abstractly and concretely, where the area of forced adoption is used as a case-study. The research will mainly consist of judicial analysis, but will also apply other social sciences methods and include experiences from other countries, namely Sweden and Norway.

The supervisor is Professor, PhD Michael Gøtze and the co-supervisor is Senior Researcher, PhD Anette Faye Jacobsen at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

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