First female candidate for Iceland presidential election 2012

Herdís Þorgeirsdóttir has decided to submit her candidacy for this June’s election for the President of Iceland.

She declared her intention to run at a press conference at Reykjavík Art Museum yesterday. She is the first woman to stand for President so far for this year’s election – and her decision follows a groundswell of public support for the professor to stand; not least on Facebook.

Herdís is 58 years-old, is a doctor of law, and is a certified lawyer and a political scientist. She was made a professor at Bifröst University in 2004. She is also one of the owners of the Víkur legal bureau. In July 2009 she was elected president of the European Women Lawyers’ Association and she was re-elected in 2011. She has worked for the European Council on human rights issues and for the European Union on workers’ rights and equality issues, DV.is reports.

She is the Icelandic representative on the EU Venice Commission and chairman of the Venice sub-commisson on human rights.

(Photo: Bifrost.is)

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