New honorary doctor with affiliation to iCourts – University of Copenhagen

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04 November 2014

New honorary doctor with affiliation to iCourts

Laurence R. HelferAt the University of Copenhagen’s Annual Commemoration on 21 November 2014, Professor Laurence R. Helfer will be awarded an honorary doctorate. This honorary degree is bestowed by the University of Copenhagen as the highest academic honour that is given without the defence of a Danish doctoral thesis. Honorary doctorates are awarded to researchers in recognition of scientific endeavours that deserve to be honoured with the highest academic degree. Read more about honorary doctorates

Professor Laurence R. Helfer has been nominated by professor and director of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Mikael Rask Madsen, who gives the following reasons for his proposal:

- Professor Helfer is a world leading expert in the field of human rights and international law. In recent years, together with several colleagues I have had the privilege of working with him. This collaboration has always been tremendously inspiring. Professor Helfer is not only a brilliant researcher and teacher but also an extremely dynamic person who engages himself in innovative projects that inspire the researchers and students around him.

Biography:  Laurence R. Helfer is the Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in the United States.  He is an expert in the areas of international human rights (including LGBT rights), international law and institutions, international adjudication, and international intellectual property law and policy.  He is co-director of Duke University’s Center for International and Comparative Law. Professor Helfer has authored more than 70 publications and has lectured across the globe on his diverse research interests.  He serves on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Journal of World Intellectual Property.  Professor Helfer is the co-author (with Karen J. Alter, Permanent Visiting Professor at iCourts) of The Law and Politics of the Andean Tribunal of Justice (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015); Human Rights and Intellectual Property: Mapping the Global Interface (Cambridge University Press, 2011); and Human Rights (2d ed., Foundation Press, 2009).  His articles have appeared in leading American law reviews as well as in numerous peer-reviewed political science and international law journals. 

In connection with his receipt of the honorary doctorate Professor Helfer has been made a Permanent visiting professor at iCourts.

On Friday 21 November 10:00 a.m. Professor Laurence R. Helfer will give a lecture entitled ’Progress and Contestation in Combatting Discrimination: A Global Perspective on LGBT Rights’.

Read more about the doctoral lecture.