23 May 2018

Mikael Rask Madsen interviewed in P1 Orientering

Photo: Ditte Valente

The Council of Europes Parliamentary Assembly has voiced criticism of the Danish Chairmanship, saying that the Danish politicians has tried to use the Chairmanship to commit domestic politics. In the interview In P1 Orientering, centerleader and professor Mikael Rask Madsen confirms that the course of drafting the Copenhagen Declaration has occurred in two tracks; one political rhetorical track in the public eye that heavily criticized the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) dynamic interpretation and focused on deportation of criminal foreigners. And a second track by the actual task force that drafted the declaration, which had a legal-technical view, that only concerned itself with the courts subsidiarity, the handling of the increasing amount of unfinished cases and a better form of internal communication in the Court.

According to Mikael Rask Madsen this has caused Denmark to lose political capital, by receiving criticism from the Council of Europes Parliamentary Assembly, such as has never been given to Denmark before. If anything, this has caused an increase in support for the ECHR.

Listen to the (Danish) interview 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.