Dr. David Jenkins is an Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen School of Law and a member (and former co-director) of its Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies (CECS). His area of specialization is comparative constitutional law, with a current focus on the interplay between counter-terrorism measures, individual rights, and constitutional forms. He holds a JD and two masters degrees in American history and political thought, and his doctorate from McGill University's Institute of Comparative Law in Montreal. His work has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and in the legislative debates of the British House of Lords, and he has given invited oral and written testimony to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee of the British House of Commons.
International journal publications include "There and Back Again: The Strange Journey of Special Advocates and Comparative Law Methodology" (Columbia Human Rights Law Review, v. 42, 2011) and "The Lockean Constitution: Separation of Powers and the Limits of Prerogative" (McGill Law Journal, v. 56, 2011). Other notable international publications are"Judicial Review under a British War Powers Act" (Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, v. 43, 2010), "Habeas Corpus and Extra-territorial Jurisdiction after Boumediene: Towards a Doctrine of 'Effective Control' in the United States" (Human Rights Law Review, v. 9, 2009), "Efficiency and Accountability in War Powers Reform" (Journal of Conflict and Security Law, v. 14, 2009), "Common law declarations of unconstitutionality" (International Journal of Constitutional Law, v. 7, 2009), and "Constitutional Reform Goes to War: Some Lessons from the United States" (Public Law, summer, 2007).
He has recently co-edited an anthology of essays for Oxford University Press, The Long Decade: How 9/11 Changed the Law (with Amanda Jacobsen and Anders Henriksen), to which he contributed two chapters. His current projects include a monograph for OUP on counter-terrorism's long-term effects on liberal democracy and a chapter in another book on the use of secret evidence in national security cases.
Comparative Civil Rights Protections: U.S. and U.K. (masters-level course)
States of Emergency, Emergency Powers, and Liberal Democracy (masters-level seminar)
Comparative Law: Theories, Methods, and Practice (Ph.D. seminar)