Greenland, the Faroes and Åland in Nordic and European Co-operation: Two Approaches towards Accommodating Autonomies

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Sarah Stephan
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Place: Leiden
Publication year: 2017
Journal: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
Journal acronym: IJMGR
Volume number: 24
Issue number: 3
Start page: 273
End page: 301
eISSN: 1571-8115


This article looks at the perplexing encounter between
territorial autonomies and international organizations by exploring the
legal-institutional frameworks for accommodating Greenland, the Faroe Islands
and the Åland Islands within the Nordic Council/Nordic Council of Ministers
(Norden) and the European Union (EU). In Norden an attempt has
been made to translate the very core of autonomy, namely constitutionally
protected legislative power, into a legal-institutional framework for
multi-level governance. The small number of autonomies and the scope and scale
of Norden allows for a one-size-fits-all solution. The encounter between
autonomies and an international organization is not only more challenging in the
case of the EU, it is also broader in scale and in scope. Despite
the EU’s individually and often densely regulated relationships
with OCTs and sui generis arrangements, dependent territories
remain to some extent uncharted territories in the context of the

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