European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)





  Bureau member from January 1998 to December 2000
Chair from January 2006 to December 2009
Bureau member from January 2010 to December 2011
Chair from January 2013 to December 2013

Education and academic and other qualifications

Master of Law: 1974

Doctoral Thesis: 1986

Professional Activities

Professor of Law at the University of Copenhagen 1987-

Chair of the Crime Prevention Council, 1995-

Chair of the Board of a Legal Aid Institution (Københavns Retshjælp) 1994-

Member of a permanent committee on criminal procedure

Member of a permanent committee to evaluate whether self-proclaimed religious groups are a religious congregation according to Danish law

Member of a committee to modernize the Civil Procedure Code

Judge in cases between a trade union and its members

Activities and experience in the field of human rights

Member of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities for 10 years.

Chair of a Committee for the implementation of Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty about equal treatment (the Committee finished its work in September 2002).

Lectures in seminars at the Human Rights Institute in Copenhagen. Member of ARAR Lectures at seminars. (Academics against Racism)

Supervision of the work of human rights students from all over the world.

Member of a group of experts advising the government of Morocco about legal aid. A legal aid institution started work in Morocco in 2011 and its staff will be trained under Danish supervision.


Danish, English (speaking, reading, writing), French (Reading: simple texts. Speaking, writing: basic), Spanish (Reading: simple texts. Speaking, writing: basic)