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“The End of Consensus: The ECtHR in the Age of Megapolitics (2009-2019), Prof. Dr. Mikael Rask Madsen

March 5 @ 18:0020:30

Lecture Summary:
In these lectures, I will analyse the place of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the making of contemporary Europe. The lectures examines how the ECtHR has both responded to changing socio-political contexts and contributed to the making of Europe since the Court’s establishment in 1959. The first lecture focuses on the position of the court in the Cold War (1959-89) and how it navigated these constraints and eventually emerged as a powerful institution of European human rights and integration in the late 1970s. The second lecture (covering the period 1989-2009), analyses the court in the New Europe and the structural and institutional transformations this triggered, notably in terms of institutional reform and deeper national embeddedness. The third lecture, covering the past decade (2009-19), focuses on the growing resistance to the ECtHR in the context of deteriorating intra-European relations. The lecture investigates how megapolitical issues have entered the court’s caseload and with wide-ranging consequences. It concludes with a view to the future of European human rights, drawing on comparative lessons from other international courts.
Michael Rask Madsen
Mikael Rask Madsen is a professor of European Law and Integration at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, and the founder and director of iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts. Trained as a lawyer and political sociologists, his research has explores the globalization of law and the legal profession and its effects on new forms of institutions, notably international courts. He is the author of more than a hundred academic publications, most recently International Court Authority (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-edited with Karen Alter and Laurence Helfer and ‘Between Universalism and Regional Law and Politics: A Comparative History of the American, European and African Human Rights Systems,’ International Journal of Constitutional Law, co-authored with A Huneeus. He is the recipient of a number of research prizes, including the Elite Researcher Prize (2017), The Carlsberg Research Prize (2019) and best paper prize, International Journal of’ Constitutional Law.
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March 5
18:00 – 20:30