Welcome address by the Consul General:

Dear guests,

Thank you for visiting the website of Consulate General in Torshavn. I am delighted to have teken up my position here in June 2016 and will do my best to promote friendship between our neighboring and sister nations, the Faroes and Iceland. Ties reach far back in history and our peoples enjoy close cooperation both bilaterally and in the West-Nordic context. The role of the Consulate General is primarily to work on closeer political relations, vigorous trade and diverse cultural cooperation. I looking forward to getting better aquainted with the Faroese culture and I am grateful for the hospitality and warmth shown to me and my wife since we arrived.

From left: Birna Hreiðarsdóttir, Pétur Thorsteinsson

From left: Birna Hreiðarsdóttir, Pétur Thorsteinsson

CURRICULUM VITAE

Pétur Thorsteinsson

Consul General of Iceland

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

 

1. Personal details

Date of birth: 26 September 1955

Family status: Married, five children

Nationality: Icelandic

Professional title: Consul General

Office address: Ydun, Reyngøta 9, P.O. Box 199, FO-110 Tórshavn, Faroes

2. Education

LL.M. (Master of Laws), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1980)

M.A. (Cand.jur.), University of Iceland, Reykjavik (1979)

B.A. (French), University of Iceland, Reykjavik (1978)

B.A. (Psychology), University of Iceland, Reykjavik (1978)

3. Certifications

Advocate to district courts in Iceland (1983)

European Security and Defence College, Brussels (2013)

4. Languages

Icelandic, English, French, Danish, Russian

(Studies in France: 3 years, USA: 5 years)

5. Professional experience (postings abroad in bold)

Consul General, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (2016-present)

Head, Export Control and Sanctions, Directorate for Legal and Executive Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (2014-16)

Head, Export Control and Sanctions, Office of the Legal Adviser, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (2012-14)

Head, Disarmament, Directorate for International and Security Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (2006-12)

Deputy Secretary-General, European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Geneva (2001-06)

Director, Department for Coordination and Continuing Education, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1999-2001)

Adviser, Office of the Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1997-99)

Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Iceland (jurisdiction included USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Mexico), Washington DC (1995-97)

Legal Adviser of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1995)

Director, International Department (Political Director), Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1994-95)

Deputy Director, Trade Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1991-94)

Deputy Director, Defence Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1990-91)

Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Iceland (jurisdiction included USSR, Bulgaria, GDR, Hungary and Romania), Moscow (1987-90)

Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations, New York (1987)

Consul and Acting Consul General, Consulate General of Iceland (jurisdiction included States of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island), New York (1984-87)

First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations, New York (1983-87)

Vice-Consul, Consulate General of Iceland, New York (1983-84)

Deputy Head, Administration Section, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1982-83)

Head, Legal Section, Ministry of Industry, Reykjavik (1981-82)

Lawyer, Legal Section, Ministry of Industry, Reykjavik (1980-81)

Deputy Magistrate, Kopavogur (1979)

6. Selected multilateral assignments

Head, delegation of Iceland, Council of Europe Conference on foreign terrorist fighters, Riga (2015)

Head, delegation of Iceland, Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenaries in Noordwijk, Seattle, Prague, Buenos Aires and Bariloche (2011-present)

Representative of Iceland, meetings with the Wassenaar Arrangement, Vienna (2009-16)

Head, delegation of Iceland, Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) plenaries in Rome, Oslo and Rotterdam (2013-16)

Head, delegation of Iceland, Australia Group plenary, Paris (2007) 

Representative of Iceland, Nordic-Baltic meetings on export control (2006-16)

Representative of Iceland, Nordic meetings on international sanctions and on international aspects of terrorism (2014-present)

Member, delegation of Iceland, UN Conferences on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), New York, and subsequent meetings (2012-16)

Head, delegation of Iceland, Vienna Conference on Cluster Munitions (2007) and review conference, Dubrovnik (2015)

Representative of Iceland, Nordic meetings on disarmament(2006-09)

Representative of Iceland, OSCE Annual Security Review Conference, Vienna (2006-2009)

Representative of Iceland, NATO High-Level Task Force on Conventional Arms Control, Brussels (2006-09)

Head, delegation of EFTA, free trade negotiations with Chile, Egypt, Lebanon, Singapore, South-Korea, Tunisia and SACU (Southern African Customs Union)(2001-06)

Head, delegation of EFTA, free trade agreement joint committee meetings with Mexico, Palestine, Poland and Turkey (2001-06)

Head, delegation of EFTA, joint declarations on cooperation meetings with Albania, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Tunisia and Ukraine (2001-06)

Head, delegation of EFTA, OECD Council Meetings at Ministerial Level, Paris (2001-06)

Head, delegation of EFTA, Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference, Doha (2001)

Member, delegation of Iceland, World Conservation Congress, Montreal (1996)

Member, delegation of Iceland, Intergovernmental conference to adopt a global programme of action for the protection of the marine environment from land-based activities, Washington DC (1995)

Head, delegation of Iceland, OECD Trade Committee, Paris (1991-94)

Member, delegation of Iceland, Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE), Vienna (1994)

Member, delegation of Iceland, Conference on the Charter of Paris for a New Europe, Vienna (1990)

Representative of Iceland to the UN General Assembly, its Main Committees and ECOSOC, New York & Geneva (1982-87)

7. Other selected assignments

Representative of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Working Group to assess the legal environment for Iceland's participation in sanctions (2016)

Representative of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iceland's national steering committee against money laundering and terrorist financing (Financial Action Task Force - FATF-issues)(2015-16)

Representative of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Working Group on control of exports thay may threaten international security (2012-16)

Representative of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iceland's national working group against money laundering (FATF-issues)(2006-15)

Member, European Economic Area (EEA) Working Group on Technical Barriers to Trade (2013-16)

Representative of Iceland, meetings with the European Union on dual-use and defence-related products (2015-present)

Coordinator, implementation of Iceland's international obligations on security of of information (2012)

Official in charge of organizing EFTA´s 50th anniversary celebration and the EFTA ministerial, Reykjavik (2010)

Member, Working Party for negotiating Iceland's membership in the European Union (EU)(2009)

Official in charge of reorganizing EFTA's staff remuneration system, document management system, budgetary system and staff rules and regulations (2001-06)

Member, National committee to promote information technology in government (2000-01)

Official in charge of organizing the 60th anniversary celebration of the Icelandic Foreign Service, Reykjavik (2000)

Head, Foreign Ministry diplomatic school, book and photo libraries (1999-2001)

Editor, Foreign Ministry websites (1999-2001)

Chairman, Government committee to make recommendations on export insurance in Iceland (1994)

Chairman, Government committee to prepare a feasibility study for Iceland's participation in the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)(1993-94)

Coordinator, legal implementation of the European Economic Area Agreement (EEA) in Iceland (1992-94)

Chairman, Foreign Ministry committee to write a bill of law implementing the EEA-Agreement in Iceland (1992-93)

Commercial Counsellor, New York (1983-86)

Member, Ministry of Industry committee to revise energy rights in Iceland (1981-82)

Member, Ministry of Industry committees to establish steel, salt and rock wool plants in Iceland (1981-82)

Secretary, Ministry of Industry committee on negotiations with Landsvirkjun (National Power company of Iceland) on the establishment of the Blanda hydro-electric power plant in northern Iceland (1981-82)

Secretary, Ministry of Industry committee for negotiating with Swiss Aluminium Ltd on its aluminium plant in Iceland (1981-82)

Member, Nordic Council working group on establishment legislation (Arbetsgruppe rörande Nordisk etablerings- och koncessions lagstiftning)(1981-82).

8. Selected publications & research 

MFA: Siðareglur starfsmanna utanríkisþjónustunnar (Employee ethics of the Foreign Service), editor, Reykjavik 2009 (web publication)

EFTA: Hverjir eru hagsmunir Íslands? (EFTA: What are Iceland's interests?), Morgunbladid, 27 June 2006 (newspaper article)

EFTA's Protocol Manual, editor, Geneva (2006) (internal document)

UNECE: The Evolving European Trade Environment, Competing in a Changing Europe, Geneva 2005 (publication chapter)

MFA: Ljósmyndasýning ítilefni af 60 ára afmæli utanríkisþjónustunnar (Photo exhibit on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Foreign Service), editor, Reykjavik 2000 (booklet) 

MFA: Manual for Honorary Consuls of Iceland, 2nd edition, editor, Reykjavik 1995 (book)

MFA: Meðferðutanríkismála –Yfirlit (Diplomatic Practice –An overview), 3rd edition, editor, Reykjavik 1993 (book)

Dispute settlement under GATT, Ann Arbor 1980 (LL.M. thesis)

Beiting þjóðaréttar fyrir íslenskum dómstólum (Application of International Law by Icelandic Courts), Reykjavik 1979 (M.A. thesis)

Franskt réttarfar ámiðöldum (French legal system in the Middle Ages), Reykjavik 1978 (B.A. thesis)

Efnahagsbandalag Evrópu (European Economic Community), 2nd edition, assistant to author Stefán M. Stefánsson, Reykjavik 1978 (book)

Iceland, Law and Legal Systems of Nations, C.H. Rhyne editor, Washington DC 1978 (book chapter)

Saga Íslands III (History of Iceland, vol. III), assistant to editor Sigurður Líndal, Reykjavik 1978 (book)

9. Selected grants

Fullbright Scholar (1979)

Full scholarship for LL.M. from University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor (1979-80)

10. Other information

President, Icelandic-American Society, New York (1984-86)

Law teacher (part-time), College of Engineering and Technology, Reykjavik (1978)

Mathematics teacher (part-time), Technical College Reykjavik (1976)

Road surveyor (part time), Akureyri, Borgarnes and Reykjavik (1970-76)

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