This title (which in Danish reads 'adjungeret professor') can be conferred by institutions under the Danish University Act for a maximum of five years 'on persons of a high professional standing, whom the institution wants to honour and thus attach closer to the university'. It has been awarded to Dr Scherpe for five years, from April 2018 to March 2023.
On the news of this announcement, Dr Scherpe said: "I am delighted to be honoured in this way, not least because my family originates from this part of Denmark. I am looking forward to working with colleagues from Aalborg on various projects, including seminars for PhD students."
Dr Scherpe has been a Fellow at Caius for 12 years and is currently a Reader in Comparative Law at the University of Cambridge, as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, University of Hong Kong and an Academic Door Tenant at the Queen Elizabeth Building (Chambers of Tim Amos QC) in London.
Specialising in comparative law, in particular comparative family law, Dr Scherpe's publications include major comparative studies on cohabitation (2005), same-sex relationships (2000), the legal status of transgender and transsexual persons (2004 and 2015) and the legal status of intersex persons (2018), matrimonial property and marital agreements (2012), registered partnerships (2017) and eastern and western perspectives on surrogacy (forthcoming January 2019). In 2016, he also edited a four-volume book set on European Family Law, including a monograph entitled 'The Present and Future of European Family Law'.
In addition to this new appointment, Dr Scherpe will become Director of Studies in Law at Caius at the start of the next academic year.
Dr Scherpe’s inaugural lecture at the University of Aalborg will take place on 5 October 2018.