Center for Political Studies
CEPOS is an independent Danish think tank promoting a society based on freedom, responsibility, private initiative and limited government.
CEPOS (Center for Political Studies) was founded in 2004 by prominent Danish business people, thinkers and cultural personalities and started its work on March 10th 2005.
CEPOS wishes to contribute to more personal and economic freedom, rule of law and democracy as well as a limited government sustained by healthy civil institutions, such as family, civil associations and cultural life.
CEPOS wishes to reform and limit direct and indirect economic support from the public authorities to the population. Government support shall benefit only the disadvantaged and will be abolished for people who can support themselves.
CEPOS encourages competition, supports free markets, global free trade and opposes government subsidies to businesses.
CEPOS seek to influence the political debate and thereby the policy decisions by
- generating new knowledge about the arrangement of the society through analysis and research
- developing solutions and concrete policy proposals
- influencing the current and future decision makers through the media, meetings, conferences, publications and education.
CEPOS does not work at the request of any political party, public authority, commercial enterprise, organization or individual.
Chief of Legal Affairs, Jacob Mchangama, suggests to Jyllands-Posten that Denmark may have an agreement with the US, possibly allowing them to legally monitor and spy on Danish residents.
September 13th, 2013 CEPOS published the scientific working paper "Do Social Rights Affect Social Outcomes?". The working paper is a result of a collaboration between CEPOS and Aarhus University.
Professor in Economics at Aarhus University, Christian Bjørnskov, and CEPOS' Head of Legal Affairs, Jacob Mchangama, have examined the consequences of the introduction of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) into national constitutions and their findings are rather remarkable.
CEPOS' Chief of Legal Affairs, Jacob Mchangama, was featured in the Economist. He was cited in regards to the recent attitude change of Ahmed Akkari - a former outspoken Danish imam - who has openly regretted his activities during the Muhammed cartoon crisis.
CEPOS' Chief of Legal Affairs and co-founder of the Freedom Rights Project, Jacob Mchangama, has compiled a new report: "The Human Rights Inflation".
The work is co-authored with Law Professor at King's College, London, Guglielmo Verdirame on behalf of the Freedom Rights Project.
CEPOS' Chief of Legal Affairs, Jacob Mchangama, is featured in Foreign Affairs Magazine.
The article "The Danger of Human Rights Proliferation - When Defending Liberty, Less is More" is a collaborated piece written in unison with Guglielmo Verdirame, Law Professor at King's College, London.
On July 16th, CEPOS' Head of Legal Affairs, Jacob Mchangama, spoke at the Henry Jackson Society conference at the House of Commons by kind invitation of Rt. Hon Nick Herbert, MP.
The event involved a discussion of the future challenges of the UN Charter of Human Rights in regards to the international community. Also speaking was Law Professor, Guglielmo Verdirame of King's College, London.
CEPOS Freedom Award 2012 goes to the well-known Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam.
Already by late December 2012, CEPOS decided that the annual Freedom Prize of U.S. $ 60,000 would be awarded to Ali Abdulemam for his many years of struggle for the right to express criticism of the regime he grew up in and especially his defence of human rights and democracy.
Internet viewers from around the world can now access the newest Free To Choose Network production of “Collision! Free Speech and Religion” featuring Danish Human Rights Lawyer and Director of Legal Affairs at CEPOS, Jacob Mchangama, on www.freetochoose.tv.