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Mikele Schultz-Knudsen

Mikele Schultz-Knudsen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He researches and teaches law and religion, as well as legal questions concerning human rights, constitutional law, and family law. His research has focused primarily on how the use of Islamic law in Europe interacts with national legal systems and how European judges handle court cases dealing with minorities’ religious or cultural practices. He also has a special interest in how religions are reinterpreted in a new legal setting.

Mikele served as an editor of a special issue of NAVEIÑ REET: Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research titled “Nordic and Muslim: Emerging Legal Practices.” Currently, he contributes to an international project investigating religious and cultural diversity in court cases. He is also the national reviewer of Denmark to the yearly report Global Review of Constitutional Law, which analyzes constitutional developments across the world.

During his postdoc, Mikele developed and initiated an elective course for law students on law and religion and a continuing education course for Danish lawyers and judges on culture and religion at court. Before becoming a researcher, he worked as a Danish attorney and senior legal adviser.