The work of the 2011 Constitutional Council: A democratic experiment in constitution-making

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This chapter focuses the role of the Constitutional Council which drafted the Proposal for a New Constitution in 2011. It discusses the framework set up by the parliament in Act 90/2010 on the Constitutional Assembly adopted on 16 June 2010. Act 90/2010 on the Constitutional Assembly specified that it should elect its own chairperson and work in three separate committees with three members of the Assembly in each committee, and it provided further detail about organisational issues. The work of the Constitutional Council started with reading and discussing the Report of the Constitutional Commission, which had been made public and distributed among the members at the first Council meeting. The Constitutional Council worked to a large extent in an open environment, consulted experts, received formal and informal proposals and suggestions from the public, not unlike the work of Parliament, or from members of parliament.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIcelandic Constitutional Reform
Subtitle of host publicationPeople, Processes, Politics
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781351031899
ISBN (Print)9781138491854
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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© 2021 selection and editorial matter, Ágúst Þór Árnason and Catherine Dupré.


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