A new basic research centre in law at the University of Copenhagen has been established to study the growth of international courts and their influence on the transformation of law and politics.
The Centre of Excellence for International Courts, iCourts, received a grant of €5.65 million from the Danish National Research Foundation and is the first basic research centre at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen.
“The purpose of the centre is to investigate international courts, both because they illustrate recent global developments of law, and because they allow us to explore more generally the foundational elements of law. With the introduction of international courts as well as an international legal order we can observe how the founding stones of law are laid again,” says Professor Mikael Rask Madsen, the principal investigator of iCourts.
“The grant from the Danish National Research Foundation is intended to ensure that we can participate in the highest echelon of international research. Eventually, the centre will be able to strengthen the Faculty's ability to attract internationally recognised researchers, young talented postdocs and PhD students from all over the world,” says Henrik Dam, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen.