13 December 2023

Nora Stappert receives Inge Lehmann grant

Photograph of mobile-associate professor Nora StappertNora Stappert, Associate Professor at MOBILE, is one of the 27 recipients of this year's grants under the Inge Lehmann Program of the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The grant amounts to approximately DKK 3.1 million and will be funding the new project called: “Anchoring International Law’s Dynamism: Tracing Denmark’s Reception of International Rulings” (ANCHOR).

 The background of the ANCHOR project is that over the past few years, several international courts have faced critique by policymakers for developing international law too dynamically. Consequently, scholarly literature argued that we are entering a period of backlash, with states actively trying to hedge against the domestic impact of international rulings. Yet, little is known about how – and under what conditions – interpretive shifts are accepted or resisted within the day-to-day work of domestic legal systems.

 The ANCHOR project aims to investigate this through a data-driven legal analysis. Utilizing uniquely extensive case data from the Danish Refugee Appeals Board (Flygtningenævnet), the project uses international refugee and migration law to examine and understand these dynamics: While an area of frequent political contestation, there also has been a significant increase in international case law in this field. Case data from the Danish Refugee Appeals Board will be used to analyze the domestic reception of international rulings.  

You can find more information on the project and the broader program on the website of the Independent Research Fund Denmark here and here (in Danish).

Congratulations to Nora!