Human Dignity in Finland

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This article examines human dignity in Finnish law. The focus lies on human dignity in Finnish Constitutional law. Aside from exploring constitutional recognition and various meanings of human dignity, the article also takes stock of the functional and institutional uses of the notion of human dignity by various constitutional and legal actors. Despite its quite strong formal recognition by the Constitution of Finland, it will require much more constitutional adjudication, academic discussion and debate in Finland until the substantive and the functional dimensions of human dignity in constitutional law and Finnish law in general will be clear.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Human Dignity in Europe
EditorsPaolo Becchi, Klaus Mathis
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-28081-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-27830-8, 978-3-319-28082-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • Human dignity
  • Constitution of Finland
  • Constitutional recognition
  • Meaning and scope of human dignity
  • Constitutional review and application
  • Constitutional Law Committee of Finnish Parliament
  • Finnish courts

Cite this

Ojanen, M. M-T. (2019). Human Dignity in Finland. In P. Becchi, & K. Mathis (Eds.), Handbook of Human Dignity in Europe (pp. 245-258). Cham: Springer .