Stefán Eiríksson, Associate Lecturer

School:School of Law 


Stefán Eiríksson was born in Akureyri on 6 June 1970. He completed his compulsory schooling at Hagaskóli in 1986, matriculated from the Hamrahlíð Grammar School in 1990 and took his qualifying examination in Law at the University of Iceland in 1996. He received a licence to plead cases as a District Court Advocate in 1997.

Concurrently with his studies, Stefán worked as a journalist on the newspapers Tíminn (1990-91) and Morgunblaðið (1991-96). He taught Law at the Hamrahlíð Grammar School from 1994 to 1996, worked as a legal advisor in the Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs from 1996 to 1999 and was a counsellor on Judicial and Internal Affairs at Iceland’s Permanent Mission to the European Union in Brussels from 1999 to 2001. In 2001 he was appointed Director of Police and Judicial Affairs in the Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs and Deputy Permanent Secretary in the same ministry in 2002. In 2002 he also took the position of Chairman of the Board of Neyðarlínan (the emergency telephone service). He was appointed Metropolitan Police Commissioner as from 15 July 2006 and oversaw the preparations for the opening of the office, which began operations formally on 1 January 2007.


Stefán has served on many government committees. For example, he was in charge of the task committee on new policing structure in Iceland. He was Iceland’s representative in the Task Force on Organised Crime in the Baltic Sea Region 2004-2006, a member of the negotiating committee dealing with the review of the Defence Agreement between Iceland and the USA in 2006 and represented Iceland on various committees working under the Schengen scheme, including CATS and SCIFA, from 1999 to 2006.

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Stefan Eiriksson´s Publications

  • Deeply involved in the European project - Membership of Schengen. Chapter in the book Iceland and European Integration - On the edge

    • Routledge, London.
    • 2004
    Authors:Stefan Eiriksson, Baldur Thorhallsson

    Chapter in the book Iceland and European Integration - On the edge. The focus is on Iceland and why it decided to join the Schengen cooperation. Editor Baldur Thorhallsson.

  • Proaktiv eller reaktiv brottsbekämpning

    • Nordiska Juristmötet, Stockholm
    • August 18, 2011

    Article written as a key note article for the Nordic Lawyers Conference in Stockholm in August 2011. Discusses the difference between proactive and reacitve fight against crime.

  • Investigations of sexual crimes against children

    • Háskólaútgáfan, Reykjavík.
    • 2011
    Authors:Stefan Eiriksson, Svala Ísfeld Ólafsdóttir, Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir, Davíð Þór Björgvinsson, Geir Gunnlaugsson, Hrefna Ólafsdóttir, Símon Sigvaldason, Ragnheiður Bragadóttir, Hjörtur O. Aðalsteinsson, Helgi Gunnlaugsson

    Chapter in the book "Hinn launhelgi glæpur" which focuses on sexual violence against children. Editor Svala Ísfeld Ólafsdóttir.

  • Friðhelgi einkalífs, fjölskyldu, heimilis og bréfaskipta samkvæmt 8. gr. Mannréttindasáttmála Evrópu

    • Úlfljótur, Tímarit laganema, 3. tbl. 1997.
    • 1997

    The right to privacy etc. according to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human rights.

  • Breytingar á skipulagi lögreglu og ákæruvalds

    • Tímarit lögfræðinga, 1. hefti 2006.
    • 2006

    Changes in the organization of the police and prosecution system in Iceland.

  • Rannsóknir sakamála og heimildir lögreglu

    • Tímarit lögfræðinga, 2. hefti 2011
    • 2011

    Police investigation, both proactive and reactive investagation.

  • Police and social media

    • Tölvumál
    • June 8, 2012

    The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police has been active on social media since 2010. In this article the focus is on why the police started to use social media, how it is used and the result of this experiment.

  • Proactive policing and data protection

    • Tímaritið lögfræðingur, 2013
    • 2012

    In this article the focus is on proactive police investigation and data protection. Will be published in 2013.