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Denmark Retreats Into Language Provincialism

The world is increasingly become a unified whole in which ideas and people move readily in order to share their ideas and expertise. Many nations fear globalization will somehow reduce the power of their own culture, particularly their language. The Danish government wants to insist that Danish remains the main language of instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. They are very upset at Roskilde University and the Technical University of Denmark where students are taught in the English language. The government wants such un-Danish behavior to cease and everyone go back to using Danish. The concept of teaching in English is to broaden the range of minds made available to students. There are scholars who only know the English language and a high percent of scholarly journals are in English.

The idea of a university is that it brings together the best minds of the world in order to provide students new insights into the areas they study.

Judges Back Danish Headscarf Ban

Two interna;tional judges associations have declared their support for the Danish ban against female judges wearing headscarves. They believe judges wearing such attire might produce feelings of prejudice on the part of defendants. The International Association of Judges(IAJ) and the European Association of Judges(EAJ) made clear their support for the ban. Maja Tratnik, of the IAJ, said: “A citizen who enters a courtoom should feel secure standing before a judge who symbolizes laws with the complete neutrality and impartiality that it encompasses. Therefore, all form of attire signaling either religious or politcal beliefs cannot be allowed on a judge.”

Thechairman of the EAJ also agreed judges must come across as neutral. Virgiljus Valancius said the topic would be discussed at a meeting in the future.

Common sense would support the Danish view against wearing a headscarf in a courtroom. It just opens the door for complaints of prejudice against a judge and more litigation.