08 February 2018

The Copenhagen Declaration; a showdown? - Madsen in Kristeligt Dagblad

Photo: Ditte Valente

Miikael Rask Madsen has been interviewed by Kristelig Dagblad about the upcoming Copenhagen Declaration.

Mikael Rask Madsen and Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Copenhagen Jens Elo Rytter has stated to Kristeligt Dagblad that although the Danish government's proposal of a reform of the European human rights system is not a true showdown with human rights, it is still of great importance.

The declaration is ambitious, addressing the root of several of the highly controversial subjects, but it is also a realistic initiative that could be supported by the other member states, Madsen believes. With the declaration, national courts will have a greater influence on the human rights system, which has been one of the major criticisms in recent years, as there has been some dissatisfaction that the Strasbourg court has had so much importance at national level.

Overall, Madsen's conviction is that the declaration will ensure stability in the European human rights system.

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.