Constitutions of the EU and Nordic States: Multilevel Constitutional Order and Democratic Challenges

The Institute of International Affairs and the Human Rights Institute are hosting an international conference on Constitutions of the EU and Nordic States, in cooperation with the Law Faculty of the University of Reykjavik and the EU Info Centre in Reykjavik. The conference will take place on September 21st, at the Nordic House.


The aim of the Conference is to discuss how constitutional systems of members states of the European Union, notably Nordic states, are affected by the membership of the Union. The European integration process has created two concurrent constitutional systems connecting national and supranational legal orders and systems of powers. A multilevel constitutionalism has developed, partly with different elements in relation to traditional constitutional theory and democratic foundations of state power. The Conference will focus on the constitutionalisation of the EU legal order and its main components, the difference between the two constitutional systems and what they have in common, as well as the consequences for democracy.


Chair:  Alyson Bailes, chair
of the Institute of International Affairs

13.00-13.15:  Introduction and

13.15-13.45:  Allan Rosas,
judge at the European Court of Justice

What is EU constitutional law? – Main features and connection between national
and suprantional legal orders

13.45-14.15: Helle Krunke, professor
of law, University of Copenhagen

The reduced influence of national parliaments as legislators – Means to
compensate transfer of legislative powers to the EU.

14.15-14.45: Maximilian Conrad, assistant
professor of political science, University of Iceland

Constitutionalism and EU constitutional law – How will European integration
affect the future of democracy?

14.45-15.15: Discussion

15.15-15.45: Coffee break

15.45-16.15: Gunnar Þór Pétursson,
senior scientist, Law Faculty of the University of Reykjavik

The Scope of the EU Charter of
Fundamental Rights  -When should it be applied by National Courts? Björg Thorarensen,
professor of law, University of Iceland

EU Accession and the Icelandic
constitutional law – How should national constitutions reflect multilevel
constitutional order?

16.45-17.15: Discussion