Legal Innovation and Event Management - NOTE: THE COURSE IS CANCELLED IN THE AUTUMN SEMESTER 2018

Course content

The subject allows for immersion within a self-chosen legal area, with the opportunity for building and expanding one’s own professional network. There is thus the possibility of selfchosen specialization, where the student can work with the law as a tool for problem solving and value creation.

The learning goals are achieved by writing an independent paper (synopsis) about a concrete, self-chosen issue of value-creating character within a self-chosen part of the law. The paper must be presented and defended orally at a public academic event. The public academic event is organized, marketed, and held in collaboration with the other course participants. The event
must involve relevant external actors from the public and private sectors, e.g., as audience, speakers, etc. The student associations Foreningen Argument and Lex Loci are cooperating with the course as sparring partners.

Students will develop innovation and entrepreneurship competencies as well as develop communication skills regarding the dissemination of complex legal material. The course supports the preparation of the master’s thesis and, especially, its oral defense. In addition to the above named competencies, students gain training in other career-advancing skills, such as collaboration, project management, and event management.

Students will choose jointly, and under moderation of the course conveners, one or more general themes for which they wish to organize a public, academic event. Such themes might
address, e.g., one of the UN’s 15 Global Challenges, such as health problems, climate change, differences between rich and poor, etc. Such events may be, e.g., panel debates, workshops, seminars, or poster presentations. The students themselves must be their own Legal Innovators and event managers, as they themselves organize and market the event as well as contact relevant external actors who have an interest in the topic or topics. Through this, students do not only develop innovation and entrepreneurship competencies. They also further develop their professional networks.

Organizing and convening the event forms one part of the overall exam. This part of the exam consists of a paper (synopsis) and an oral defense in the form of participation in the event as presenter. A synopsis may be done individually or in small groups. The students get prepared for conveying their paper by a rhetorician, who participates in a test-run of the presentations
and provides feedback on the papers.

During the course, students receive ongoing feedback on their work on their papers from the course conveners and from the other participants to ensure a high quality of the final product.
At the end of the course, students may want to submit their paper to a relevant journal for publication, e.g. the UCPH Fiscal Relations Law Journal

All legal areas and disciplines are relevant to this course, and there are no special prerequisites for taking the course, except for a desire to further dwelve into a legal subject, collaborating on organizing and convening an academic event, and to become your own Legal Innovator and
event manager.

Learning outcome


  • Explain basic legal concepts within a self-chosen legal area
  • Reflect on a self-chosen area of value-creating character in an interdisciplinary and/or international context
  • Reflect on/discuss legal issues/aspects within a self-chosen issue with particular focus on the value-creating part of the law



  • Analyze a legal problem within a self-chosen area of value-creating character
  • Argue in a legally valid manner regarding the chosen problem
  • Include, if necessary, interdisciplinary and international perspectives in the work on the issue, if this can help create value for the problem
  • Identify relevant legal, interdisciplinary and international sources
  • Argue for the methodological choices in the self-chosen research
  • Discuss own results
  • Conduct legal research (synopsis)
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Prepare and keep an oral presentation of the chosen problem
  • Defend and discuss results and issues during the oral presentation



  • Solve complex legal-, social-, or business-related tasks and create value for others
  • Plan, manage, and handle complex workflows
  • Collaborate with others across professional and disciplinary boundaries


Including innovation and entrepreneurship skills:

  • Launch value-creating solutions
  • Identify own and inadequate competencies and address imperfections, and regulate appropriate self-directed learning activities
  • Be able to act on opportunities and good ideas.

Sparring with researchers and, as far as possibly, external collaborators, ongoing feedback from the course conveners, peer feedback from the other participants, both written and oral, on the students’ papers, oral peer feedback from the other participants on presentation at round table seminars, possibly including external collaborators etc. The innovation and entrepreneurship activities consist in the planning and management, and marketing of an academic events. As far as possible, relevant external actors are to be contacted and involved as guest speakers, discussants etc.

Recommended litterature:
The recommended literature consists of ca 375 pages, the largest part of which consists of literature chosen individually by the students in relation to their individual paper projects (ca 200 pages). Further ca 50 pages of literature are supplied on academic writing, plus ca 35 pages on innovation and entrepreneurship. Ca 60 pages of literature will deal with project management, and how to prepare and give an academic oral presentation. Relevant example published conference papers are provided (ca 30 pages). The below examples of recommended literature are subject to change.

Examples on conference-papers

  • Hansen, Søren Friis: Denmark: Beneficial Ownership; Interpretation of Directive 1990/435/EEC and Directive 2003/49/EC, i Lang, Michael m.fl.: CJEU – Recent Developments in Direct Taxation 2016, 2017, Linde, s. 33-43
  • Hilling, Axel m.fl.: Tax policy issues in connection with the European Spallation Source project and other European Research Infrastructure Consortiums, Skattepolitisk Oversigt, 2017


Academic writing

  • Murray, Rowena (2013): Writing for Academic Journals. 3. udg. Maidenhead, Berkshire: Open University Press, s. 114–161


Innovation and effectuation


Project management and academic presentations

  • McMillan, Kathleen; Weyers, Jonathan (2013): Giving a Research Seminar or Paper. How to deliver an effective spoken presentation. I: Ibid.: How to Research & Write a Successful PhD: Pearson, s. 153–165

No specific academic prerequisites, except for a desire to work academically across
professional and disciplinary boundaries, and to collaborate with others on an innovative

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min.
Oral exam based on a synopsis, 20 minutes
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 178,25
  • English
  • 206,25