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New author: Mikkel Jarle Christensen

The International Law Observer is happy to announce that a new author has joined our team: Mikkel Jarle Christensen is Assistant professor in the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He can be followed on Twitter as well. His research is focused on the sociology of international criminal law. This internationalization is far from a passive process. It is driven and controlled by the emergence and social practices of new groups of lawyers. In order to understand the creation and development of a new form of international criminal law – with potential impact not only for the international adjudication of exceptional crimes such as genocide and crimes against humanity but also for more prosaic crimes such as drugs, corruption and terrorism – the project is centered on mapping and analyze the agents who have actively constructed these new forms of law. Through an empirically founded understanding of their social and professional backgrounds and their career trajectories in the field of international criminal justice, a field partly created by their own strategies of internationalization, the goal of the research project is to contribute original and critical analysis of the social constitution of international criminal law and the formation of the social groups whose competing and complimentary perspectives govern this field.