Eivind Smith#

Graduated in law (1974) at the University of Oslo (cand.juris)
Dr.juris (1979) at the same University
Professor of public law at the University of Oslo (1986- )
Director, Research Group on Constitutional (Norwegian and Comparative) Studies
Vice-Chair/Chair of the Division for Humanities and Social sciences, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (2009- )
Dr. h.c. (Uppsala)
Officier, Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France)

Fluent in Norwegian, English and French (written and oral), unhampered access to Swedish and Danish, more limited access to some other languages (including German and Italian).

  • Member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Round Table Commission, International Association of Constitutional Law
  • Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and Chair of the Group for Humanities and social sciences
  • Member, Academia Europaea and Member of the Law Section Committee
  • Member, European Group of Public Law/Groupe Européen de Droit Public
  • Member, Groupe d‘Etudes et de Recherches sur la Justice Constitutionnelle (France)
  • Member, Societas Iuris Publici Europaei (SIPE)
  • Associated member, International Academy of Comparative Law

  • Visiting professor, guest lecturer, doctoral juries, etc. in a number of foreign countries including the Scandinavian countries, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Malta, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S.A., Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Tunisia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

  • Visiting scholar i.a. at the Wolfson College, Cambridge (U.K.) and at the University of California at Berkeley (USA)

  • Vice-chair, Group of independent experts on the European Charter of Local Self- Government (Council of Europe)

  • Frequent Specialist to the Council of Europe, mainly on institutional issues like local self-government, parliamentarism, ombudsman institutions, judicial review …

  • Member of editorial boards, boards of research institutions, etc. in Norway and abroad

  • Organizer of a number of International Conferences, etc. on public law issues (including constitutional protection of human rights, the interpretation of Constitutions, the role of National parliaments in European integration, constitutional cultures, local autonomy, etc.), most often included subsequent publications.

  • Chair, Governmental Inquiry Commission for the Municipality of Oslo (1990-91)
  • Chair, Governmental Commission for the preparation of new legislation on the educational system of Norway (1993-95)
  • Chair, Independent Parliamentary Inquiry Commission for the Banking Crisis (1997- 98)
  • Chair, Independent Parliamentary Inquiry Commission for the New Oslo Airport (2000-2001)
  • Chair, Governmental Council on Secrecy and Research
  • Etc.

  • Member, Governmental Commission on the constitutional protection of the freedom of expression (1996-99)
  • Member, the National Competition Tribunal ("Prisrådet") (-1993)
  • Legal Counsellor for the Norwegian Research Council

  • Chairman of the Board, Institute for social research (Oslo)
  • Member, the Swedish Democracy Audit 1999, 2004 and 2007 (SNS, Stockholm)
  • Member, Steering group for the evaluation of Legal education in Denmark (Evalueringscenteret, Copenhagen)
  • Member, Steering group for the evaluation of research in Lithuania (Norwegian research council)
  • Member, International Evaluation Group for Public Law Research in Denmark
  • Etc.

  • Former Director (late 1980s and early 2000s), Institute of public and international law, University of Oslo
  • Former Director of Research, Institute for social research (Oslo)
  • Former Chair, Research Commission, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
  • Former Chair, Commission for international relations of the Faculty of law
  • Former Member, Commission for international relations of the University of Oslo.
  • Research Director/Group Leader, Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (2001-2002)

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