16 April 2018

Mikael Rask Madsen: New proposal ratifies the current state of the ECHR

Photo: Ditte Valente

Fear of weakened freedom of speech following the Copenhagen declaration.

Foreign affairs spokesperson for Enhedslisten, Nikolaj Villumsen, fears weakening of the ECHR article 8-11 as a result of the Copenhagen declaration by Minister of Justice Søren Pape.

Pape has neither confirmed nor denied the specific mentioning of articles 8-11, which concerns freedom of speech, religion, assembly and the right to private- and family life.

In an interview with newspaper Politiken, Mikael Rask Madsen pronounces the latest initiative to the declaration is merely a repetition of the current state at the European Court of Human Rights, and consequently, he does not share this concern. This is additionally based on accounts by the Vice President of the Court, at a recently conducted seminar at the University of Copenhagen.

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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.