Gunnar Þór Pétursson, Professor

School:School of Social Sciences / Department of Law 
Location:3rd floor Mars 

Curriculum Vitae


Current posts:


§  ProfessorSchool of Law, Reykjavik University, Iceland (2016- ).


§  Visiting Professor (appointed)Faculty of Law, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), France (2017- ).


§  Visiting LecturerFaculty of Law, University of Lund, Sweden, regularly as of 2010.




Previous posts:


§  DirectorEFTA Surveillance Authority, Brussels, Belgium May 2017-June 2020.


§  Ad-hoc College MemberEFTA Surveillance Authority, 2014-2017 (not called to serve).


§  ChairmanAppellate body for Telecommunications and Postal Matters: August 2014-August 2015.


§  Legal expertSpecial Investigative Commission of the Parliament: January 2009-October 2009.


§  Head of Legal M&AActavis Group hf.:  October 2005-September 2008


§  Senior AssociateLogos Legal Services: June 2004-October 2005.


§  Officer, Senior Officer and Deputy Director of the Internal Market Affairs Directorate of the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA): August 1999-June 2004.


§  Associate – Lögfræðistofa Suðurnesja (law firm): December 1996-August 1997.





§  Dr. Juris (2014), Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden.


§  Master of Laws (LL.M) (1998), Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden.


§  Cand. Juris degree (1997) (5 years), Faculty of Law, University of Iceland, Iceland.


§  Bar Exam: Admitted to practice before Iceland’s District Courts (April 2002).







  1. Consistent interpretation in the case-law of the Icelandic Supreme Court, in “The effectiveness and application of EU and EEA law in national courts – Principle of consistent interpretation”, Christian Franklin (ed), (Intersentia, 2018).


  1. Commentary on Articles 8-13 and 27 EEA in “Agreement on the European Economic Area – A Commentary”, H.H. Fredriksen, H.P Graver, O. Mestad, C. Vedder. (Nomos, 2018)


3.     Any news on Protocol 35? (Hvað er að frétta af bókun 35), in “Fullveldi í 99 ár – safn ritgerða til heiðurs dr. Davíð Þór Björgvinssyni sextugum” (Hið íslenska bókmenntafélag, 2017).


  1. General Principles and the Many Faces of Coherence: Between Law and Ideology in the European Union, in “General Principles of Law – European and Comparative Perspectives”, S. Vogenauer and S. Weatherhill (eds.) (Hart Publishing, 2017) Co-authors: X. Groussot and J. Hettner.


  1. Weak Right, Strong Court - The Freedom to Conduct Business and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Sionaidh Douglas-Scott and Nicholas Hatzis (eds), in “Research Handbook on EU Human Rights Law” (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017). Co-authors X. Groussot and J. Pierce. 


  1. Regulatory Trust in EU Free Movement Law – Adopting the level of protection of the other? in European Papers – a journal on law and integration, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 865-896 (2016). Co-Authors X. Groussot and H. Wenander.


  1. The Paradox of Human Rights Protection Europe: Two Courts, One Goal? In the anthology: “Shifting Centres of Gravity in Human Rights Protection. - Rethinking Relations between the ECHR, EU and National Legal Orders” O.M. Arnardóttir and A. Buyse (eds), (Routledge, 2016). Co-Authors X. Groussot and Nina-Louisa Arold Lorenz.


  1. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights Five Years on – The Emergence of a New Constitutional Framework. In the anthology: “The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as a binding instrument – Five years old and growing” Sybe de Vries, Ulf Bernitz and Stephen Weatherill (eds.), (Hart Publishing, 2015). Co-Author X. Groussot.



  1. The Proportionality Principle as a Tool for Disintegration in EU Law – of Balancing and Coherence in the Light of the Fundamental Freedoms. Faculty of Law, University of Lund, Sweden. ISBN 978-91-7473-925-1 (Dr. Juris Thesis).


  1. The European Human Rights Culture– a paradox of human rights protection in Europe? (Book) (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013).  Co-authors:  Nina-Louisa Lorenz & Xavier Groussot. 


  1. The outer reach of State obligations under deposit guarantee schemes - Case E-16/11 from 28 January 2013, EFTA Surveillance Authority (“ESA”) v. Iceland. 2014, SIEPS (The Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies) Co-author:  Ásta Sóllilja Sigurbjörnsdóttir. 


  1. The Reach of EU Fundamental Rights on Member State Action after Lisbon. Co-authors: Xavier Groussot & Laurent Pech: in The Protection of Fundamental Rights in the EU After Lisbon.  Sybe de Vries, Ulf Bernitz and Stephen Weatherill (ed.).  (Hart Publishing, 2013).


  1. The Scope of Application of Fundamental Rights on Member States´ Action - In Search of Certainty in EU Adjudication. Co-Authors: Xavier Groussot & Laurent Pech: in European Legal Method, in multilevel EU legal order. U. Neergaard and R. Nielsen (ed.) (DJØF Forlag, 2012).


  1. “Balancing as a Judicial Methodology of EU Constitutional Adjudication”. Co-author: Xavier Groussot: in Balancing Fundamental Rights with the EU Treaty Freedoms: the European Court of Justice as ´tightrope´ walker. (Eleven Law Publishing, 2012).


  1. Implementation of EEA Acts in the field of financial services – Annex VI to the final report of the Special Investigative Committee of the Parliament – 2010.


  1. Country report on Icelandic laws regarding Citizenship in the EUCITAC research project.  Co-author Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.  Available at







§  “Hlutverk og áhrif ESA – EES í 25 ár” Háskólinn í Reykjavík, 1 October 2019.


§  “Two pillar – ESA supervisory role” Norway House, 15 November 2019.


§  “Are general principles of EU law and EU fundamental rights respected?” at the Conference European Standardisation for Internal Markets and its Constitutional Challenges, Lund, Sweden, April 2017.


§   “Mutual Trust as Collaborative Law in EU” at the Confernece Collaborative Law in the EU, Paris (Panthéon-Assas), France, March 2017.


§  “Regulatory Trust in EU Free Movement Law – Adopting the level of protection of the other”, presentation at the Regulatory Governance Conference in Tilburg, Holland, July 2016.


§  “The Methodological impact of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights on EU/EEA law”, presentation held at a conference on the Impact of the EU Charter on EU and EEA law, held by the Icelandic Lawyers Association and the School of Law, Reykjavik University, in March 2015.


§  “How to teach primacy?” Presentation held at NNELS Conference in Oslo, 2014.


§  “The scope of application of Fundamental Rights on Member States‘ action: A new constitutional framework” Presentation held at a conference by the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, in Oxford England, see further


§  “Fundamental rights in EEA law”.  Invited talk at the EFTA Court´s spring conference, in Luxembourg, June 2013, see: 


§  “The Scope of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights  - When should it be applied by National Courts?”  presentation held at the conference Constitutions of the  EU and Nordic States - Multilevel Constitutional Order  and Democratic Challenges– held in Reykjavik, September 2012. 







RU teaching record

2020-3L-747-EUMFEuropean Law: Internal Market

Subject field

European Law - Internal Market law - EU Constitutional law, Pharmaceutical law