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Former Denmark Supreme Court justice presents at Loyola

Loyola press release - February 14, 2011

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presents a lecture by the former president of the Supreme Court of Denmark, Justice Torben Melchior. Melchior’s presentation, “The Highest Courts in a Globalized World–A Danish View,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in the College of Law, Room 405. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

In his address, Melchior will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities facing the highest courts of the international community by examining the Danish contribution to judicial globalization in such areas as the choice between judicial activism and judicial restraint, the process of judicial appointments, and the conflict between the legislature and the judiciary on sentencing.

Melchior earned a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Copenhagen in 1964 and a Master of Laws in 1965 from Harvard University School of Law.

He served for one year as secretary to the Parliamentary Ombudsman before beginning a 15-year career in the Ministry of Justice, where he later served for six years as director of the Family Law Directorate. For five years, he was the judge for the Eastern Court of Appeal in Copenhagen, before beginning a 13-year term at the Supreme Court of Denmark. He was president of the Supreme Court from 2004-2010, when he reached the mandatory age of retirement.

Melchior was a longstanding advisor to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on the Nuclear Law Committee, chairman of the Drafting Committee on Revision of Conventions on Compensation for Nuclear Damage and spent one year as the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole for the International Atomic Energy Agency diplomatic conference. He also served as president of the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union.

For more information, contact Dominique Custos at 504-861-5660 or dcustos@loyno.edu or Ray Rabalais at 504-861-5671 or rjrabala@loyno.edu.