The history of the genesis and institutionalization of the European Convention on Human Rights offers a striking account of the innovation of a new legal subject and practice - European human rights - that went along with, but also beyond, the political and legal genesis of Europe following World War II. The rise of the European human rights institutions shows not only how law and lawyers played key roles in the early politics of European integration but also how the subtle combination of law and politics - as both national and international strategies - continued to play a decisive part in the institutionalization of European human rights. The lecture presents how the interplay between law and diplomacy had a fundamental impact on the innovation of European law and that lawyers capable of playing an intermediary role between the two were particularly central to this development.
Mikael Rask Madsen, PhD in sociology from l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS-Paris), is a research lecturer in sociology of law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He has been a visitor at several universities, including Oxford University, the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of South Pacific and l'Université Robert Schuman, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Strasbourg. He holds a D.E.A in sociology from EHESS-Paris, Master's degrees of law and sociology of law from respectively the University of Copenhagen and the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL). Madsen's research has long focused on the internationalization and globalisation of law and legal fields. Has, among others, analysed the use of human rights’ law in the processes towards democratization in Guatemala, as well as conducted a large research project on the rise and transformation of human rights in Europe since World War II.
Organizado no âmbito do Núcleo de Estudos sobre o Estado, o Direito e a Administração, sob proposta de João Paulo Dias, e do projecto de investigação "Reconstruindo Direitos Humanos pelo Uso Transnacional do Direito?", coordenado por Cecília MacDowell Santos.