World Airline Routes Map

MOBILE (Center of Excellence for Global Mobility Law) was established in 2023 based on a grant from the Danish National Research Foundation. The center’s mission is to systematically study the legal infrastructures of human mobility across geographies, social divides, travel patterns and time.

The MOBILE research team is based at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, and involves a collaboration with the Department of Political Science headed by Professor Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen.

The center's international partners further include leading international researchers from main regions of mobility around the world: Saskia Sassen (United States), Frédéric Mégret (Canada), Florian Hoffmann (Brazil), Joseph Teye (Ghana), Rosemary Byrne (UAE), Itamar Mann (Israel) and Guofu Liu (China)

An Advisory Board composed of Alex Aleinikoff, Mette Birkedal Bruun, Mikael Rask Madsen and Mimi Sheller serves as strategic sounding board for the center.

In addition to its core grant from the Danish National Research Foundation, MOBILE is host to a number of other externally funded research projects addressing different aspects of mobility law, supported by e.g. the Nordic Research Council, the Independent Research Fund Denmark, the Villum Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the European Commission. A number of these projects involve external partners and are organised in the center’s interdisciplinary methods hub – the Nordic Asylum Law & Data Lab.