27 August 2018

Two ERC grants for iCourts researchers

Professor Jan Komarék and Associate Professor Mikkel Jarle Christensen each receive an ERC grant

Both Professor Jan Komarék and Associate Professor Mikkel Jarle Christensen from iCourts receive the prestigious Starting Grant from the European Research Council, which will allow them to create new research groups. Jan Komarék’s project is running from 2019 to 2024 and he received 11.171.000 DKK. Mikkel Jarle Christensen’s project is running from 2019 to 2023 and he received 11.161.000 DKK.

Jan Komarék receives the grant for his research project European Constitutional Imaginaries: Utopias, Ideologies and the Other, (IMAGINE). The purpose of the project is to find out about how different imaginaries of the EU constitution have been constructed. Such imaginaries are both utopias – providing an aspiration for the polity, and ideologies – concealing various structures of power and domination. The project is also going to contribute to the literature about intellectual history of EU constitutionalism, which there is not written anything about yet.

Mikkel Jarle Christensen receives the grant for his project The Global Sites of International Criminal Justice (JustSites), which investigates the constellation of localities in which international criminal justice is produced, received and has impact. The project understands the "justice sites" to be localities in which the political, legal and professional activities that collectively create international criminal justice are developed. The purpose of the project is to study, how different “sites” affect international criminal justice. The project looks beyond courts to investigate the larger formation of sites such as private law firms, NGOs, national diplomacies, research centers, the courts and others that collectively structure and give direction to international criminal justice. It will allow also non-scientists to understand how this form of justice actually works by laying bare who is involved and how power relations between sites and actors structure action and impact.

Jan Komarék

Mikkel Jarle Christensen