Mikael Rask Madsen interviewed for The Murmur
Danish courts often overturn deportation orders for foreign criminals in order to satisfy obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights. While the government is now seeking international backing to allow national courts more say on deportation, Mikael Rask Madsen argue that the real issue lies with the Danish courts and their overly strict interpretation of the convention. He warns that Denmark must bring broader issues to the table, in order to gain influence in Europe and subsequently have an indirect effect on specific issues. This could be achieved by focusing on the subsidiarity principle in order to reduce the number of cases currently pending in Strasbourg and improve legal-political interaction.
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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.