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I am a PhD-researcher at EUI LAW working on a thesis on the content and consequences of the reform process at the European Court of Human Rights. I deal with questions of legitimacy and politicization of judicial bodies along with potential  adjudicative responses, especially the use of the language of deference. I utilize mixed quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Peer-reviewed articles

Forthcoming: Molbæk-Steensig: ‘Dealing with really good bad faith interpreters: M.A. v Denmark’. Utrecht Journal of International and European Law. 37(1).

Molbæk-Steensig: ‘Who is responsible for the protection of human rights in Kosovo?’.  Nordisk østforum. Vol. 34. 2020. Norway.

Molbæk-Steensig: ‘In defence of the dynamic interpretation tradition at the European Court of Human Rights’. The Universal. Vol 2. 2018. Denmark. 

Molbæk-Steensig:  ‘Politicisation of Enlargement: The future of the Balkans in Europe.’ Bezbednosni dijalozi. Vol 8(2). 2017. Skopje University. North Macedonia. 

Molbæk-Steensig: ‘The prohibition of retroactive law and other safeguards when conducting institutional reform: The right to non-recurrence in Bosnia-Herzegovina.’ International Journal on Rule of Law, Transitional Justice and Human Rights. Vol 7. December 2016. Pp. 138-146. Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Molbæk-Steensig: ‘Reviewing the narrative of the double sstandard Europe concerning collective minority rights’. International Journal on Rule of Law, Transitional Justice of Human Rights. Vol. 6. December 2015. pp. 13-27. Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Book-chapters and working papers
Forthcoming: Molbæk-Steensig, Helga and Alexandre Quemy: ‘Cautiously Making Friends with AI: Machine Learning for human rights research and practice.’ In Quintavalla, Alberto and Jeroen Temperman, Human Rights and AI. Oxford University Press. 2022.

Molbæk-Steensig: ‘The Copenhagen Declaration: Wrapping up the Interlaken Reform?’, in Stephanie Schiedermair, Schwarz, Alexander, Steiger, Dominik, Theory and Practice of the European Convention on Human Rights. Nomos. 2022.

Scheinin/Molbæk-Steensig: ‘Pandemics and Human Rights: Three perspectives on human rights assessment of strategies against COVID-19’.  EUI Department of Law Research Paper 01/2021.

Scheinin/Molbæk-Steensig: ‘Human rights-based versus populist responses to the pandemic’. In  Morten Kjaerum, Martha F. Davis, Amanda Lyons: COVID-19 and Human Rights. 2021

Molbæk-Steensig: ‘Kosovo og the oddities of
not being a recognised state’. In: Bülent Ağir (ed.): Kosovo: Past,
Present og Future. Nova. 2019

Book Reviews
‘Globalising transitional justice: Contemporary Essays’ by Ruti Teitel.’ International Journal on Rule of Law, Transitional Justice og Human Rights. Vol. 8. December
2017. Pp 148-155.

Molbæk-Steensig: ‘Is Denmark (still) a good-faith interpreter with legitimate aims?’. 21.11.2021. Strasbourg Observers. Available at: 

Molbæk-Steensig: Particularities in the challenge to the rule of law in Eastern Europe. 25.3.2020. Populism Archives. Constitutionalism and Politics Blog EUI. Available at: 

Molbæk-Steensig: ‘Something Rotten in the State of Denmark?’. 26.4.2018. Verfassungsblog. Available at:, DOI:

Full courses
2017-2019: Legal philosophy and legal sociology (Ret, Moral og Politik): 6th sememster Bachelor of law, Copenhagen University Faculty of law. 

2016-2018: Fundamental rights of the individual in the Danish Constitution and in the European Convention on Human Rights (Individets Grundlæggende Rettigheder). 2nd semester Bachelor of Law, Copenhagen University Faculty of law.

Short Courses
2019: Populism & Nationalism. At the People’s University (Folkeuniversitetet). Copenhagen University.

2019: Foreign policy for the EU. People’s University (Folkeuniversitetet). University of Southern Denmark, Kolding. 

Guest lecturer
1st International Summer School on Human Rights Protection under the ECHR: The reform process at the ECtHR. Leipzig University. September 2019

International Sarajevo Summer School: The populist threat to transitional justice. Sarajevo University. July 2017.

Copenhagen University, Institut of Cross-Cultural studies: Minority rights in Croatia. 14. November 2016.