Human and civil rights

Human rights concern the fundamental rights of individuals. Hjort has a long tradition of working on human rights issues, both at the strategic level and by representing clients in individual cases. Hjort is also involved in international complaints, and has experience of, for example, conducting cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

As a legal area, human rights law has undergone major developments in the last 20 years. This development has in Norway been spearheaded by the Supreme Court and generally by the European Court of Human Rights, based on the individual cases submitted to them.

Today, human rights law is an important source of law, and impacts on most areas of life. Examples of areas on which human rights may have an influence are:

  • Criminal law (the police and prosecuting authority).
  • The exercise of force by the authorities, for example in the child welfare service, psychiatric health care service and other institutional services (such as prisons), and the forcible expulsion of foreign nationals.
  • Large parts of public administration, including the various regulation and control of real estate.
  • The right to freedom of expression, striking an appropriate balance between freedom of expression and injury to reputation (defamation, libel).
  • The protection of family and private life.
  • Generally with proceedings and disputes before the courts.

 

Hjort has a long tradition of working on human rights issues, both at the strategic level and by representing clients in individual cases. Hjort is also involved in international complaints, and has experience of, for example, conducting cases before the European Court of Human Rights.