Breakfast Briefing with Marc Schack

The Concepts of “War” and “Crisis” in Danish Law

In Danish


Danish legislation contains a number of special provisions that can only be activated once Denmark is at war or involved in certain crises or conflicts. Some of these provisions aim to grant Danish authorities special powers that are not available in peacetime. The concepts used in these laws to describe when the rules can be activated are, however, not always clear and unambiguous. Doubts about their scope and proper application can be problematic, namely as Denmark – along with its allies – is confronted with hybrid threats, gray zone conflicts, and other military/security efforts on a seemingly continuous basis.

On this basis, Marc Schack will examine the concepts of ‘war’ and ‘crisis’ in Danish law and consider potential security challenges emanating from a lack of clarity and coherence in these rules. The briefing will be held in Danish, but all participants are welcome to contribute with questions and comments in English.

About the Speaker

Marc Schack is Associate Professor at the Institute for Military Technology, Royal Danish Defence College and a member of the InterMil project, which conducts strategic research and provides research-based public-sector consultancy within the field of military studies.

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