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Romas as Victims in Swedish Criminal Courts

Roma victims in Swedish criminal courts. The Swedish legal model is historically, and according to traditional jurisprudence, characterized as monocentric and uniform, tightly connected to the nation-state. This legal identity is challenged by an increasingly diverse contemporary legal situation, with the development of a multicultural, globalized and pluralistic society.

Encounters between Roma legal culture, national minority rights and the Swedish criminal court will serve as an entry-point to examine practices of the criminal justice system in a plural legal reality. This project attempts to understand how criminal courts handle the influx of different legal cultures and norms, and how they define and interpret those cultures, with the main question of how the Swedish criminal court understands and frames Roma legal culture and national minority rights.

The empirical material includes the study of judgements, court documents, and protocols of court proceedings.


Sociology of Law Department
Lund University
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 18 C, 3rd floor, 223 62 Lund, SWEDEN
Postal address: Box 42, 221 00 Lund, SWEDEN

Faculty of Social Sciences