Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

  • Center for Civil Society Studies
Assistant professor

Room: POR/18.B-4.135

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 / 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
Maj Grasten; Ntina Tzouvala / The Political Economy of International Transitional Administration : Regulating Food and Farming in Kosovo and Iraq.
In: Contemporary Politics, Vol. 24, No. 5, 2018, p. 588–606
Journal article > peer review
Maj Grasten; Luca J. Uberti / The Politics of Law in a Post-Conflict UN Protectorate : Privatisation and Property Rights in Kosovo (1999–2008).
In: Journal of International Relations and Development, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2017, p. 162–189
Journal article > peer review
Maj Grasten / Book Review: Louise Amoore, The Politics of Possibility: Risk and Security Beyond Probability
In: Political Studies Review, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2016, p. 411-412
Book review > peer review
Maj Grasten / Rule of Law or Rule by Lawyers? : On the Politics of Translation in Global Governance.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2016, 310 p. (PhD series, No. 15.2016)
Ph.D. thesis
Maj Grasten / Semantics of Statebuilding : Language, Meanings and Sovereignty.
In: Political Studies Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2016, p. 87
Book review > peer review
Maj Grasten / Whose Legality? : Rule of Law Missions and the Case of Kosovo.
In: The Power of Legality: Practices of International Law and Their Politics. . ed. /Nikolas M. Rajkovic; Tanja Aalberts; Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2016, p. 320-342
Book chapter > peer review
Maj Grasten / The Status of Law in World Society: Meditations on the Role and Rule of Law / by Friedrich Kratochwil (2014)
In: Global Affairs, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2015, p. 349-350
Book review
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-