Social Governance Through Legislation. Prof. Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, UiB, Prof. Erik Opsahl, NTNU
Despite the historical uniqueness, and the political, legal and social importance of the Code of the Norwegian Realm of 1274 (N: Landslova), and later legislation, it is virtually unstudied. The seminar is a first step to produce empirical and comparative knowledge on how politics, law and society changed with the introduction of legislation as an instrument of governance in the High and Late Middle Ages. Legislation, governance and the legal situation for marginal groups was debated in Europe in the High Middle Ages. Legislation was used to expand legal rights, and this changed the character of governance and society, and hence the legal culture. In the Norwegian realm the comprehensive and long lasting legislation of King Magnus VI the Law Mender 1274-1281 had a large potential to cause such political, social and legal change.