Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of the Secularity of Law

  • Slotte Russo, Pamela (Principal Investigator)
  • Lind, Anna-Sara (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Christoffersen, Lisbet (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Rasmussen, Tarald (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Heinig, Hans Michael (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Knuutila, Jyrki (Co-Investigator)
  • Bastubacka, Johan (Co-Investigator)
  • Antonsson, Niklas (Co-Investigator)
  • Enkvist, Victoria (Co-Investigator)
  • Modéer, Kjell Å. (Co-Investigator)
  • Wejryd, Cecilia (Co-Investigator)
  • Årsheim, Helge (Co-Investigator)
  • Tønnessen, Aud (Co-Investigator)
  • Sunde, Jørn Øyrehagen (Co-Investigator)
  • Gregersen, Niels Henrik (Co-Investigator)
  • Kaufmann, Thomas (Co-Investigator)
  • Munsonius, Hendrik (Co-Investigator)
  • Kalinna, George (Co-Investigator)
  • Bühmann, Henning (Co-Investigator)
  • Mejrup, Kristian (Co-Investigator)
  • Ytterbøe, Vegard Ree (Co-Investigator)
  • Nielsen, Samuel (Co-Investigator)

Project Details


The overarching goal of the project is to provide a nuanced and critical genealogy of the negotiations of law and religion in the Northern parts of Europe from the Reformations and up to the present. The research efforts focus on the particular constellations between law and religion in the West-Nordic realm (Denmark and Norway), the East-Nordic realm (Sweden and Finland), and the German realm, in order to analyze the use of theological norms and standards as a framework for a general understanding of law as secular – not only in early modernity, but also beyond the era of the Enlightenment (in contrast to the French pattern of laïcité). Four overlapping periods are identified: (I) Confessionalization & Institutionalization (ca. 1530s-ca. 1730s) (II) Consolidation & Codification (ca. 1660-ca. 1820) (III) Constitutionalization & Hegemonization (ca. 1800s-1950s) (IV) Re-confessionalization and Internationalization (ca. 1914-today) Importantly, within and across each of these overlapping periods, the project conducts research on minority issues in order to identify tensions as well as also the darker sides of majority cultures on law.
Short titleProNoLa
Effective start/end date01/09/1630/11/19

Collaborative partners

  • Åbo Akademi University
  • Council on International Relations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark (Project partner)
  • The Danish Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs (Project partner)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Churh of Finland (Project partner)
  • Church Research Institute (Project partner)
  • National Church Council (Project partner)
  • Church of Norway (Project partner)
  • Church of Norway National Council (Project partner)
  • Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture Department of Church Affairs (Project partner)
  • Church of Sweden Research Unit (Project partner)
  • The commission for government support for faith communities (SST) Sweden (Project partner)
  • Evangelische Kirche Deutschlands (Project partner)
  • Bundesministerium des Innern (Project partner)
  • Uppsala University (Joint applicant)
  • University of Oslo (Joint applicant)
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Joint applicant)
  • University of Copenhagen (Joint applicant) (lead)