Department of Business Humanities and Law

  • Governance, Culture & Learning Unit
Assistant professor

Room: POR/18.B-4.155

I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy. My research sits at the intersection of Socio-Legal Studies and Global Governance, with particular focus on international organizations and legal bodies, experts and knowledge production in international law, and the legal foundations of markets. My research often deploys multi-sited ethnographic methods in tracking how global policy processes are developed and structured. I have been a visiting fellow at the Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development in Pristina, Freie Universität Berlin, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, and Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. I am a board member of the European International Studies Association (EISA). Currently, I am affiliated with the research project ‘Civil Society in the Shadow of the State’ (CISTAS) at Copenhagen Business School and the research project ‘The Politics of Law in Global Science Parks’ at the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC), Beijing.

Primary research areas
  • Socio-legal studies and the organization of global law
  • The relationship between public and private international law
  • The politics of (legal) knowledge and expertise
  • The governance and legal foundations of markets
  • Legal anthropology
  • Civil society governance
Curriculum Vitae
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  • Business, Politics and Society (BSc Soc - 3rd semester)
  • Business and Global Governance (MSc Public Management and Social Development - 2nd semester)
  • Political Science (Stream on: ‘International Relations’) (BSc International Business and Politics - 1st semester)
  • Feminist Theories in Organization, Management and Legal Studies (PhD course)

Interested in supervising in areas of: politics of law in global governance, law and political economy, international organizations, transnational governance, expertise and knowledge production in global governance.

Other teaching activities
  • Course Coordinator, Business, Politics and Society (BSc Soc)
  • Course Coordinator, Lederskabet under Forandring og dets Indvirkning på Organisatorisk Adfærd (Cand.Merc)
Selected publications
  • Grasten, M. & N. Tzouvala (2018) Political Economy of International Transitional Administration: Regulating Food and Farming in Kosovo and Iraq. Contemporary Politics (Online First: March 23, 2018)
  • Grasten, M. & L.J. Uberti (2017) The Politics of Law in a Post-Conflict U.N. Protectorate: Privatization and Property Rights in Kosovo (1999-2008). Journal of International Relations and Development 20(1)
Publications sorted by:
Maj Grasten; Janis Grzybowski / 'Was the "Islamic State" a State?' : Claiming, Contesting, and Creating Jihadist Statehood.
In: Variations on Sovereignty: Contestations and Transformations from Around the World. . ed. /Hannes Černy; Janis Grzybowski. Abingdon : Routledge 2023, p. 131-150 (Routledge Studies in Statehood)
Book chapter > peer review
Miriam Bak McKenna; Maj Grasten / Legal Borderlands in the Global Economy of Care
In: Transnational Legal Theory, Vol. 13, No. 1, 6.2022, p. 131-156
Journal article > peer review
Maj Grasten / Civil Society and the Civilizing Mission
In: Civil Society: Between Concepts and Empirical Grounds. . ed. /Liv Egholm; Lars Bo Kaspersen. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, p. 83-97 (Routledge Advances In Sociology)
Book chapter > peer review
Zeynep Gülşah Çapan; Filipe Dos Reis; Maj Grasten / Global Histories : Connections and Circulations in Historical International Relations.
In: Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations. ed. /Benjamin de Carvalho; Julia Costa Lopez; Halvard Leira. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, p. 521-529
Book chapter > peer review
Miriam Bak-McKenna; Maj Grasten / Law and Gender in Translation : Introduction.
In: Australian Feminist Law Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2, 2021, p. 143-162
Journal article > peer review
Luisa Teresa Hedler Ferreira; Maj Grasten / Law’s Lolita Paradox : Translating ‘Childhood’ in Statutory Rape Jurisprudence.
In: Australian Feminist Law Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2, 2021, p. 229-249
Journal article > peer review
Maj Grasten; Leonard Seabrooke; Duncan Wigan / Legal Affordances in Global Wealth Chains : How Platform Firms Use Legal and Spatial Scaling.
In: Environment and Planning A, 19.11.2021
Journal article > peer review
Zeynep Gülşah Çapan (Editor) ; Filipe Dos Reis (Editor) ; Maj Grasten (Editor) / The Politics of Translation in International Relations
Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2021, 266 p. (Palgrave Studies in International Relations)
Anthology > peer review
Zeynep Gülşah Çapan; Filipe Dos Reis; Maj Grasten / The Politics of Translation in International Relations
In: The Politics of Translation in International Relations. ed. /Zeynep Gulsah Capan; Filipe dos Reis; Maj Grasten. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2021, p. 1-19 (Palgrave Studies in International Relations)
Book chapter > peer review
Maj Grasten / Jus Post Bellum as Definition and Practice
In: Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of Peace. ed. /Carsten Stahn; Jens Iverson. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2020, p. 269-283
Book chapter > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities
  • Folke Bernadotte Academy, 2018: Consultant, "Rule of Law and Peacebuilding" project
  • “Affiliated Expert” (unpaid voluntary work) in the global pro bono law firm, Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), 2019-
  • Board Member (unpaid voluntary work), The European International Studies Association, 2017-