Decisions and observations
These pages contain decisions and observations by appeals and supervisory bodies concerning social rights. The aim is to provide information particularly on cases which concern human and fundamental rights, but also on other current issues concerning social rights which are interesting from Finland's point of view. The purpose is not to provide a detailed analysis of the case law on social rights, but to provide a general overview of issues related to social rights investigated by the appeals and supervisory bodies.
Most of the decisions and observations are in Finnish. The pages also contain some links to case law in Swedish and English.
National case law as regards social rights mainly consists of decisions of the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court and the Insurance Court. The lower courts, such as the Administrative Courts, also handle important cases which involve social rights. In addition, the Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Chancellor of Justice issue comments on the lawfulness of the activities of authorities which implement social rights and on the fulfilment of citizens' fundamental and human rights.
International case law includes decisions of international courts on the lawfulness of the application and appeals procedures in the implementation of social rights. In addition, the international human rights committees issue concluding observations on the basis of the periodic reports regarding the fulfilment of human rights in Finland and they may further give recommendations or reprimands on it.