25 October 2017

Suggestion for an efficient Danish Presidency of the Council of Europe – Madsen in the Djøf publication

Politicians and voices in the public debate have suggested that Denmark as the next President of the Council of Europe can make it easier to expel foreign criminals. It is therefore not without certain expectations that the Danish government in a few weeks assumes the Presidency of the Council of Europe. However, according to Head of iCourts Mikael Rask Madsen, those expectations are not particularly realistic.

Mikael Rask Madsen suggests instead that the government should strive for a long-term strategy of getting a ‘Copenhagen Protocol’ adopted, which constitutes a road map on how to strengthen cooperation between member states and the Court including how to ensure better feedback from the member states to the Court. Such an approach is likely a more direct route to take if a member state wants to have influence on the interpretation of the Convention over time.

Read the article in Danish here

Mikael Rask Madsen is Center Director and Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts). Mikael Rask Madsen’s research is focused on globalization and the role of legal institutions and professionals in these processes, including international courts and their evolutions and challenges, the role of legal elites in the globalization, the development of the legal profession and legal knowledge and power.