Rural despots in 19th century Sweden

Brita Sundberg-Weitman is a former circuit level judge and chairman of the Swedish civil rights union. She has become known abroad as a witness in the Assange hearings.

In 2009 she published a book that was critical of the lack of rule of law in Sweden. This book was an update of a similar book that she wrote in the 1980s.

In her new book there is interesting historical information. When the parliament debated the 1809 constitution and wanted to strengthen civil rights there were references to a situation in where the rights of the little people often were violated by petty despots in the rural areas.

This is important because of the utopian myth that Sweden is and always has been a country with an impeccable rule of law.

Sundberg-Weitman, Brita 2008. Sverige och rättsstaten på 2000-talet. Stockholm: Jure Förlag AB, p. 37.

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