Two faculty members of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Professor Eirikur Bergmann and Associate Professor Heather McRobie, attended a conference on 'Constitution-making and deliberative democracy', funded by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), at the University of Glasgow on the 24th-25th October. Participants engaged in a wide ranging discussion on how constitution drafting processes can and should be as inclusive as possible. Professor Eirikur Bergmann, who was directly involved in Iceland's constitution drafting process, introduced Dr Heather McRobie, who spoke on the Egyptian constitutions in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring, and what we can learn from these constitution-drafting experiences.
In the light of the meeting that was held this weekend, where random Icelanders were invited to have their say on the future of the Icelandic constitution, their trip to Scotland is important. Our academics are constantly involved in the ongoing processes which are ongoing in society at each time, which allows them to share their experience with their students. This is one of the things that undoubtedly adds value to the students education and prepares them for opportunities in the labour market when graduated.