Strengt fortroligt! Demokratiske tanker om et offentlighedsprincip

Lauge Eilsøe-Madsen, Cilia Marie Kandrup Espeland & Kamilla Tugger Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project has its focus upon the Danish law regarding access to legal documents. In the resent years there has been an ongoing debate about this new edition of the law as being undemocratic. We wish to investigate the Danish law regarding access to legal documents and by doing so we must also investigate what a Danish democracy could be. It is impossible to say for sure what a real democracy is, and so we’ve decided to look into the views of two of the most famous writers of this subject of the Danish post-war-time after WWII. These two men, Hal Koch and Alf Ross, each describe their view on democracy and how it should be used in society. Koch and Ross describe the democracy as being conversation and discussions whereas these will ensure that the opinion of all of the people is to be heard. Furthermore the people elect delegates to represent them but these must be inspected by the public. This project does furthermore has a focus on the development of a Danish principle of publicity through history. This development has been slow and the law never came to the point of publicity which it sought. We have read the white papers produced by commissions developing the law. The law has been renewed three times; the first law is from 1970, the second from 1985 and the newest is from 2013. We’ve looked into the white papers of all three of these laws. We did this with the purpose of investigating what reflections on democracy was to be found in the law, and thereby look into the debate and analyze the arguments against the law as being undemocratic. Some of the arguments go back to the post-war-time, whereas it will no longer be possible to inspect all of the politicians’ work. We analyzed the newest law with a focus on the limitations whereas it is those which has been criticized for being undemocratic.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato13 jan. 2014
VejledereKasper Risbjerg Eskildsen


  • Offentlighed, demokrati