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Valgerdur Solnes

Valgerdur Solnes

PhD Student

  • PhD programme

    Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 København S, Søndre Campus, Building: 6A-3-47

    Phone: +45 35 33 23 09

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    Valgerdur Solnes finished her law degree at the University of Iceland Faculty of Law in 2009, followed by an LL.M. degree at Fordham Law School in New York in 2010. Previously, Valgerdur clerked at the Supreme Court of Iceland from 2010 to 2015. She has been a part time Lecturer at the University of Iceland Faculty of Law since 2012 and Adjunct Lecturer since 2015, teaching courses within Commercial law, mainly Property. Valgerdur is now a PhD Fellow at the University of Copanhagen Faculty of Law, through the Joint PhD Program between the faculty and the University of Iceland Faculty of Law.


    Teaching at the University of Iceland Faculty of Law in fields within Commercial Law, mainly Property Law, Law of Obligations and Contract Law. Supervision of B.A. and Masters Theses.

    Primary fields of research

    Property Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Legal History.

    Current research

    Private and public property in land: Resolving property disputes in Iceland and beyond

    The research examines the Icelandic Supreme Court's case law on account of a 1998 legislation.  The legislation granted administrative power (subject to judicial review) to determine boundaries between private and public land in Iceland.  The latter term, public land, encompasses land previously defined as ownerless land and commons (res nullius and res communis).  The legislatiure opted out of enacting special evidentiary rules, and chose to adopt procedural rules to safeguard the human rights of all relevant parties.  The approach was tested by the European Court of Human Rights, concluding that the 1998 legislation and the case law were not in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to property, and right to a fair trial).

    Fields of interest

    Human Rights, Constitutional law and Commercial law, including Property, Obligation and Contracts. Additional interest in Procedural and Administrative law.

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