03 October 2017

Mikael Rask Madsen interviewed for Politiken on Denmark’s chair of the European Council

With Denmark chairing the European Council from November, the director of iCourts, Professor Mikael Rask Madsen, has been interviewed for the Danish newspaper Politiken. The interview concerns the government’s statement that they would use the occasion to critically asses the European Courts of Humans Rights, and its dynamic style of interpretation. The statement comes in the wake of a series of politically controversial decisions, especially the case concerning Gimi Levakovic, who could not be deported. Mikael Rask Madsen warns of such attempts and states, “if you change the European Conventions on Human Rights, due to politically controversial results in a single case, you risk throwing the baby out with the bathwater”.

However, Mikael Rask Madsen agrees that there are things in need of reform, especially “the caseload, subsidiarity and the communication between the Member State and the court” is worth having a look at. The governments nevertheless has to be careful not to mire its presidency with matters of national politics. This also has to be seen in light of the statement by Mikael Rask Madsen, to the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen, that the court is certainly giving more attention to the concerns of the Member States.

Read the feature in Danish here

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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.