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Mikael Rask Madsen

Mikael Rask Madsen

Director of centre, professor

Primary fields of research

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
  • Legal knowledge and power

His current research concerns the special interaction between law and global integration, the role and power of lawyers in globalization, the increased importance of supranational legal institutions and more generally, the international transformation of law and authority towards networked expertise.

Mikael Rask Madsen has significant teaching experience from having studied and researched at a number of leading universities, including École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Oxford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Strasbourg and Sciences Po - L'Institut d'études politiques (IEP) de Paris. At the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, he directed the Centre for Studies in Legal Culture in the period 2008-11. He is currently the Director and PI of iCourts - the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for International Courts.



Mikael Rask Madsen tutors students in following topics:

  • Legal sociology and legal theory
  • The Legal Profession
  • European law and integration
  • Law and globalization
  • Human rights

 Mikael Rask Madsen teaches the following subjects:

  • The Legal Profession
  • Theory and method for PhD students

Selected publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    How Context Shapes the Authority of International Courts

    Madsen, M. R., Alter, K. J. & Helfer, L. 2016 In : Law and Contemporary Problems. 79, 1, p. 1-36

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Accepted/In press

    The Challenging Authority of the European Court of Human Rights

    Madsen, M. R. 2016 In : Law and Contemporary Problems. 79, 1

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    The Force of Law and Lawyers: Pierre Bourdieu and the Reflexive Sociology of Law

    Madsen, M. R. & Dezalay, Y. 2012 In : Annual Review of Law and Social Science. 8, p. 433-452

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Transnational Power Elites: The New Professionals of Governance, Law and Security

    Kauppi, N. (ed.) & Madsen, M. R. (ed.) 2013 London: Routledge. 220 p. (Routledge Studies in Liberty and Security).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  5. Published

    A "Selfie" from Luxembourg: The Court of Justice and the Fabrication of the Pre-Accession Case-Law Dossiers

    Sadl, U. & Madsen, M. R. 2016 In : The Columbia Journal of European Law. 22, 2, p. 327-354 28 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published
  7. Published

    Law and the Formation of Modern Europe: Perspectives from the Historical Sociology of Law

    Madsen, M. R. & Thornhill, C. 2014 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 370 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  8. Published

    Making Human Rights Intelligible: Towards a Sociology of Human Rights

    Madsen, M. R. (ed.) & Verschraegen, G. (ed.) 2013 Oxford: Hart Publishing. 320 p. (Onati International Series in Law and Society).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  9. Published
  10. Published

    The European Court of Human Rights between Law and Politics

    Christoffersen, J. & Madsen, M. R. 2011 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 356 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  11. Published

    Legal Diplomacy: Law, Politics and the Genesis of Postwar European Human Rights

    Madsen, M. R. 2010 Human Rights in the Twentieth Century: A Critical History. Hoffmann, S. L. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 62-81 20 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  12. Published

    The Protracted Institutionalisation of the Strasbourg Court: From Legal Diplomacy to Integrationist Jurisprudence

    Madsen, M. R. 2011 The European Court of Human Rights between Law and Politics. Christoffersen, J. & Rask Madsen, M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Ch. 3, p. 43-60 18 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  13. Published

    European New Legal Realism and International Law: How to Make International Law Intelligible

    Holtermann, J. V. H. & Madsen, M. R. 1 Jun 2015 In : Leiden Journal of International Law. 28, 2, p. 211-230 20 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  14. Published

    La Guerre Froide et la fabrication des droits de l’homme contemporains: Une théorie transnationale de l’évolution des droits de l’homme

    Madsen, M. R. 2016 In : European Journal of Human Rights/ Journal Européen des Droits de l'Homme. 2, p. 197-220 24 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  15. Published

    Transnational fields and power elites: Reassembling the international with Bourdieu and practice theory

    Madsen, M. R. 2016 International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines. Basaran, T., Bigo, D., Guittet, E-P. & Walker, R. B. J. (eds.). Routledge, Ch. 6, p. 106-125 20 p. (Routledge Studies in International Political Sociology).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

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