Posted on 09/12/2011
Iceland's "Constitutional Council" responsible for redrafting Iceland's constitution was composed of 25 elected citizens. Source: Stjórnlagaráð
“Hope from Below: Composing the Commons in Iceland”, published on OpenDemocracy.org, details the little-examined processes of Constitutional renewal in Iceland.
The article, which has been widely circulated online, draws upon research carried out in May-June 2011 by Richard Bater, a PhD candidate in the department. Richard's research aims, more broadly, to generate greater insights into the innovative processes of civil society-driven legal reform, that has emerged in/through the ‘post-crash’ context of Iceland. The account weaves together a brief historical context of recent Icelandic political affairs, with a more detailed setting-out of the pragmatics of citizen-led state Constitution drafting.