Constitutions – Poetry or Prose?


Seminar at RU, October 20 at 14-17 in room M103

A dynamic talk on constitutional reform in light of the different purposes of constitutions. The speakers will approach the matter from original perspectives seldom presented in Iceland.

The short talks will end with answers to common question which are posed to the lectures being addressed, namely: “Poetry or Prose: What makes a constitution legitimate?“ At the end of the formal lectures there will be an interactive session with audience members and presenters. 


14:00 - 14:10     


  • Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland opens the Conference.


14:15 - 14:45


  • Comparative Constitutionalism and the Californian Example, 

    David Carrillo, Stephen Duvernay and Brandon Stracener, Berkeley Law Faculty


14:50 - 15:10


  • Digital Citizenships and Constitution Making, Arne Hintz, Cardiff University


15:15 - 15:45


  • Anarchism and the Constitution,  Alex Prichard, University of Exeter, Ruth Kinna and Thomas Swan, Loughborough University


15:45 - 16:00


  • Coffee Break


16:00 - 17:00


  • Interactive “jam session“ with participation of audience


Moderator: Katrín Oddsdóttir, lecturer at RU School of Law.

The seminar is organized by RU School of Law in cooperation with the The Constitutional Society.

The lectures will be accessible to the general audience as well as academia.


The documentary film Blueberry Soup will be screened in connection to this conference at 20:00 in Bíó Paradís. The film is about the making of the new Icelandic constitution. The screening is open for all and admission is free.