Mikele Schultz-Knudsen

Mikele Schultz-Knudsen

PhD Student

Mikele Schultz-Knudsen is a PhD-student at CECS, Faculty of Law. He is in the final stage of his PhD project, in which he investigates interactions between Danish law and interrelational practising of Islam. His project includes both a theoretical analysis of the interactions between these two systems, and two empirical studies of how Danish courts and Danish Muslims deal with these interactions. 

Mikele took his Bachelor and Master in Law at Aarhus University, Denmark, and has since then worked first as an assistant-attorney in the law firm Bruun & Hjejle and then as an attorney at the Danish employer organisation Dansk Industri, before joining CECS. He has also taken the official Mediator Education for Danish Attorneys.

The relationship between Danish law and other legal orders has been a recurrent theme in his career. As an attorney, he was involved in the highly principled Ajos-case, concerning the relationship between Danish law and EU law, which the team he was part of won. He also worked on the constitutional relationship with Greenlandic law as well as the regulation of the partly self-governed collective labour law system. These experiences are being drawn on in his current research on the relationship between Danish law and Islamic law.

He is currently teaching the courses "Introduction to Danish Law" (MA-level) and "Family Law and Inheritance Law" (BA-level). Earlier he has been teaching "Constitutional Law" (BA-level) at Aarhus University for three years. 

He is the contributor for Denmark to the yearly report "I·CONnect-Clough Center Global Review of Constitutional Law", which assesses the constitutional developments across many jurisdictions. His review for 2018 is available here and his review for 2019 is available here. In 2019, he was also the National Academic Supervisor for ELSA's Nordic Legal Research Group on Family Law, during which he supervised a group of Danish law students who together with students from other countries published the book "The Division of Property Between Unmarried Cohabitees - a Nordic Perspective on Living Together". He is also a member of the International Network of Scholars Researching Unofficial Marriages

His main competencies are in Labour law, Family/Inheritance Law, Constitutional Law, Mediation/Alternative Conflict Resolution, Islamic Law, Law and Religion, as well as in areas of legal pluralism and competing legal orders. 

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