Jensen, Mads Langballe


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Department of History
Lund University

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


Research interests
History of Political Thought; Law of Nature and of Nations; Reformation and post-Reformation intellectual history; Colonialism and Slave Trade; Eighteenth century Denmark-Norway and Schleswig-Holstein.

Academic Natural Law in Absolutist Denmark c. 1690-1773: Professionalisation and Politics

CoDaCO: Constructing the Danish Colonial State in Global Contexts


Selected bibliography concerning Natural law

  • Books

A Humanist in Reformation Politics: Philipp Melanchthon on Political Philosophy and Natural Law (Leiden: Brill, 2019). Link

  • Articles and Chapters

“Fra Hemmingsen til Kofod Ancher: Naturrettens betydning for kirkeretten i Danmark” in Præstens tjenstlige forpligtelser. Kirkerettens retskilder - fra reformationen til nu, ed. Lisbet Christoffersen, Martin Martensen-Larsen, and Lars Chr. Kjærgaard, Kirkeretsantologi 2023 (København: Eksistensen Akademisk for Selskab for Kirkeret, 2023), p. 221–38.

“They ‘submitted themselves with their lands to his Majesty … for ever and always’: Natural Law and Danish Colonialism on the Eighteenth-Century Guinea Coast II” in Global Intellectual History 8, no. 2 (2023), p. 209-228.

“‘An undisputable Right … to appropriate … the Propriety, and dominium of this Coast’: Natural Law and Danish Colonialism on the Eighteenth-Century Guinea Coast I” in Global Intellectual History 8, no. 2 (2023), p. 186–208.

“The Law of Nations” in Cambridge Companion to Pufendorf, ed. Knud Haakonssen and Ian Hunter (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022), p. 236-262.

“'Without prophetic and apostolic voices': Niels Hemmingsen's On the Law of Nature According to a Demonstrative Method” in Sacred Polities, Natural Law and the Law of Nations in the 16th-17th Centuries, ed. Hans Blom (Brill, 2022), p. 56–76.

"Libertas philosophandi and natural law in early eighteenth-century Denmark-Norway" in Intellectual History Review, 30, no. 2 (2020), p. 209-231.

“Natural law and natural rights in early enlightenment Copenhagen” in Philosophy, Rights and Natural Law, ed. Ian Hunter & Richard Whatmore (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), p. 94-123.

 “Serving Danish Foreign Policy: Professor Hojer’s 1735 De eo quod iure belli licet in minores” in The Law of Nations and Natural Law, 1625-1850, ed. Simone Zurbuchen (Brill, 2019), p. 39–59.

“Contests about Natural Law in Early Enlightenment Copenhagen” in History of European Ideas 42, no. 8 (2016), p. 1027–41.

 “By convention or by nature – Melanchthon's criticism of late medieval Ockhamist political thought in the Commentarii in aliquot politicos libros Aristotelis” in History of Political Thought, Vol. XXXV. No. 1. (Spring 2014), p. 1-28.