Employees at iCourts Celebrate Professor Henning Koch – University of Copenhagen

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17 June 2014

Employees at iCourts Celebrate Professor Henning Koch

The new festschrift “Rettens magt – Magtens ret” celebrates the 65th birthday of Professor Henning Koch.

A number of employees at iCourts contribute with the following chapters:

  • ”At the Limits of the Constitution”: In defence of the Freedom of Expression of Law Professors – by Mikael Rask Madsen and Henrik Palmer Olsen Against the backdrop of Henning Koch's many interventions as a public intellectual, this chapter analyzes whether a different and possible wider freedom of expression exists for the academic branch of the legal profession. Unlike analyzes of professional freedom of expression studies which have treated the legal profession as coherent whole, the chapter concludes that due to the specific conditions under which academic lawyers intervene as both experts and public intellectuals, their right and duty to intervene is different from the rest of the profession.

  • ”The good blasphemy – from spiritual happy slapping to legitimate critique of power” – by Jakob v. H. Holtermann Taking Henning Koch’s succinct defense of the Danish law against blasphemy as a critical starting point Jakob v. H. Holtermann argues in favor of abolishing such laws and calls attention more generally to an often overlooked moral and political value of blasphemous speech.

  • “The Danish police between emergency law and bureaucracy” – by Mikkel Jarle Christensen Taking its cue from Henning Koch's study of the driving role of emergency legislation in the creation of a unified Danish state police shortly before the Second World War, the article contributes with a critical discussion of the relations between emergency legislation and bureaucracy. As the article demonstrates, the new Danish police may have been legitimized with reference to the troubling political situation south if the Danish border, but these legitimations were in fact part of a much more fundamental battle to create a state police and to define the boundaries between different groups within it.
  • “From effective to efficient democracy: developments in the European discourse on democracy and human rights after World War 2” - by Anne Lise Kjær Based on Henning Koch's notion of "substantive democracy" it is argued that there has been a drift in the European institutions' public discourse on democracy and Human Rights which has gradually changed from a natural law conception of a "true democracy" to the neo-liberal demand for an "effective democracy".

  • “European interpretive enterprise: Some remarks to the criticism of the Court of Justice of the EU” – by Urska Sadl In her contribution, Urska Sadl revisits Henning Koch’s warrant against hasty criticism of judicial action, in particular in terms of judicial activism. She re-examines and evaluates the criticism of the Court of Justice of the European Union pertaining to teleological interpretation.

Read more on the publisher's website (In Danish)