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Helle Krunke

Helle Krunke


Head of the PhD School, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.

Responsible for "Institutional Constitutional Law and EU Constitutional Law", 2nd year, and a number of master courses.

Member of the Excecutive Committee for International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL):


Primary fields of research

Constitutional Law

EU Constitutional Law

EU Law

Comparative Constitutional Law 

Current research

Selected invited paper presentations: University of Oxford (2015), University of Sorbonne (2014, 2015 and 2016), European University Institute (2014 and 2016), LUISS (2015, 2016 and 2017), University of Kent (2015), University of Oslo (2015 and 2016), University of Sienna (2017) and Foundation for European Progressive Studies & Sheffield Political Economy Reserach Institute & Policy Network, Brussels (2017), City University of Hong Kong (2017) and University of Melbourne (2017).

Research topics include:

European integration


Demographic challenges, social and pension welfare reforms, generational justice and democracy

Constitutional identity - contributing to a resarch project on 'Constitutional Identity in a Europe of Multilevel Constitutionalism' led by Prof. Christian Calliess, Freie Universität, Berlin

Developments in Europe towards more direct demoracy

National cirtizenship and EU Citizenship

Constitutional change - formal and informal (member of Research Group on Constitution Making and Constitutional Change, under IACL)

Open government - contributing to research project led by William Gilles and Irene Bouhadana, University of Paris 1 Pantheón-Sorbonne, France 

Judges as guardians of constitutionalism and human rights - cooperation between CECS and EUI, Forence, Italy

Contributing to EU reserach project on 'The Role and of Future of National Constitututions in European and Global Governance' led by Anneli Albi, University of Kent, UK, financed by the ERC. 

Comparative Nordic Constitutional Law - research project with Nordic colleagues

Textbook in institutional Constitutional Law and EU Constitutional Law


Course supervisor "Constitutional Law and EU Constitutional Law, institutions", second year, BA

Course supervisor for the following master courses: Advanced EU Constitutional Law, EU International Relations Law, International Diplomatic Law and Praktisk forfatningsret i en politisk verden, MA

Lectures in “Constitutional Law and EU Constitutional Law, institutions”, lectures, second year


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Courts as protectors of the people: constitutional identity, popular legitimacy and human rights

    Krunke, H. 2016 Judges as Guardians of Constitutionalism and Human Rights. Scheinin, M., Krunke, H. & Aksenova, M. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK - Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, p. 71-95 25 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  2. Published

    Pensionsreform: De retlige grænser og muligheder. Berettigede forventinger. Generationsfordeling. Demokrati

    Krunke, H. 2010 København: Djøf / Jurist- og Økonomforbundet. 349 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  3. Published

    Towards Increased Citizen Participation in Europe: Impact of Current Developments on Political Decision Making and Democracy

    Krunke, H. & Dalsgaard, J. C. 2016 In : International Journal of Open Governments/Revue Internationale des Gouvernements Ouverts. 2016, 2, p. 107-130 24 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Freedom of information and Open Government in Denmark: Progress or deterioration

    Krunke, H. 2015 Revue Internationale des Gouvernements Ouverts: International Journal of Open Government. Bouhadana, I., Gilles, W. & Weaver, R. (eds.). Paris: Les Éditions IMODEV, Vol. 2015, p. 65-76 12 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings

  5. Accepted/In press

    The Role and Future of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance - Denmark

    Krunke, H. & Baumbach, T. 2018 (Accepted/In press) The Role and Future of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance . Springer, 45 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  6. Published

    The Danish Lisbon Judgment: Danish Supreme Court, Case 199/2012, Judgment of 20 February 2013

    Krunke, H. 2014 In : European Constitutional Law Review. 10, 3, p. 542-570 29 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    Paradoxes of European Legal Integration

    Petersen, H. (ed.), Kjær, A. L. (ed.), Krunke, H. (ed.) & Madsen, M. R. (ed.) 2008 Aldershot: Ashgate. 341 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  8. Published

    National Citizenship and EU Citizenship: What Actual Competence is Left for the Member States in the Field of Citizenship?

    Krunke, H. & Schulyok, F. 2014 The EU Between "an Ever Closer Union" and Inalienable Policy Domains of Member States. Giegerich, T., Gstrein, O. J. & Zeitzmann, S. (eds.). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, p. 107-152 46 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  9. Published

    Prøvelse af lovligheden af Danmarks deltagelse i Irak-krigen

    Krunke, H. 2010 In : Juristen. 8, p. 226-232 7 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    Lissabonsagen - Med magt følger ansvar

    Krunke, H. 2013 In : Juristen. 95, 5, p. 216-225 10 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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