Symposium on Icelandic independence

Everybody is invited to an afternoon marking the centennial of the Danish-Icelandic Act of Union.  The keynote speaker will be the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.


13:00:    Welcome address

Henrik C. Wegener (chair), Rector of the University of Copenhagen

13:10:    The Act of Union and the Role of the Head of State, 1918-2018

The President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

13:40:    The Act of Union, the 1920 Icelandic Constitution and the Modern Constitutional Context

Helle Krunk, Professor of law at the University of Copenhagen and Björg Thorarensen, Professor of law at the University of Iceland

14:00:    The Personal Union in a European Perspective

Jes Fabricius Møller, Associate Professor of history at the University of Copenhagen

14:20:    Break - A Presentation of Icelandic Manuscripts from the The Arnamagnæan manuscript collection

14:40:    600 Years of Commonwealth

Søren Mentz, historian and Director of the Museum of Amager

15:00:    The Independence Movement, World War and Sovereignty

Gunnar Þór Bjarnason, historian and author

15:20:    The Concept of Sovereignty from 1906 and onwards

Ragnhildur Helgadóttir, Professor and Dean of the School of Law at Reykjavik University

15:40:    Q&A

16:00:    Reception hosted by the Ambassador of Iceland, Benedikt Jónsson and Rector of the University of Copenhagen, Henrik C. Wegener.

The symposium is part of a programme to mark the centenary of Icelandic sovereignty and is organised in cooperation with Dansk Islandsk Samfund and Den Danske Historiske Forening.

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