Erla Arnadottir

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LEX Law Offices

Reykjavik, Iceland
    Local Time: Friday 17:32

Practice Expertise

  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Data Protection and Information Technology

Areas of Practice

  • Data Protection and Information Technology
  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Intellectual Property

WSG Practice Industries

WSG Leadership

  • Intellectual Property Group - Member
  • Patent Law Group - Member
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group - Member


Erla joined LEX in 2000 but has practiced law since 1984. She studied corporate law and copyright law at a postgraduate level at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law in 1983–1984, and was a grantee at the Max Planck Institut für Patent-, Urheber- und Wettbewerbsrecht in Munich in 1988–1989.

Erla S. Árnadóttir is among the country’s leading experts in the fields of intellectual property law and information technology law. Among her instructions are preparation of agreements on the construction and distribution of software and on services in the field of information technology, protecting the interests of numerous companies and government agencies regarding the use of intellectual property, litigation of court cases due to breach of copyright and trademark rights, consulting for start-up companies of various kinds and advice on issues concerning protection of privacy.

Erla is a member of the Copyrights Committee of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. She has been a lecturer in copyright law at the University of Iceland for several years and has written scholarly articles and been a lecturer on intellectual property rights.

Bar Admissions
The Supreme Court
The Appeal Court
The District Courts

Cand. jur. from the Faculty of Law of the University of Iceland in June, 1983.
Postgraduate studies in corporate law and copyright law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo 1983-1984.
Postgraduate studies at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Patent-, Urheber- und Wettbewerbsrecht in Munich, Germany, 1988-1989.

Areas of Practice

  • Data Protection and Information Technology
  • Employment and Labour Law
  • Intellectual Property

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments
Teaching and research:
Lecturer in copyright law at the University of Iceland since 1997.
Examiner in information technology law at the University of Iceland since 2004.

Professional Associations
Alternate member of The Icelandic Court Cases Review Commission since 2018
Alternate member of the board of National Gallery of Iceland 2010 – 2012
Competition Appeals Committee 2000-2009 (alternate member from 1998)
Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the the Icelandic Society for Information Processing 1997 – 2009
Chairman of Complaints Committee on Equal Status 2011 – 2018 (alternate member from 1997)
Member of the Compensation Committee established under Act No. 69/1995 on state compensation to victims of crimes 1996 – 2006
Copyright Committee from 2006 (alternate member from 1995)
Chairman of the Trade Marks and Patent Appeals Committee 1991-2000
Alternate member of the Board of Directors of the Data Protection Authority 2001 ( – formerly the the Data Protection Commission) – 2004
Board of Society for insurance law 2002 – 2008
Board of Copyright Society from
Fjölís (RRO) Arbitration Tribunal 1991-1993
Board of Directors of the Educational fund of Icelandic Bar Association 1999-2018
Managing Director of the Icelandic Law Journal 1990-1991
Board of Directors of the Association of Icelandic Lawyers 1989-1991

Professional Activities and Experience
Attorney at KPMG hf. and KPMG Attorneys at Law ehf. 1984-2000


Additional ArticlesErla S. Árnadóttir (1985). Tölvur og höfundaréttur. Tímarit lögfræðinga, 35(2), 115 – 124.
Erla S. Árnadóttir (1990). Hugbúnaður: skilyrði og umfang höfundaréttarverndar. Tímarit lögfræðinga, 40(3), 148 – 174.
Erla S. Árnadóttir (1990). Datenverarbeitung und Urheberrecht in Dänemark – die erste nordische Urheberrchtsnovelle im Vergleich, GRUR International Teil, 39(4), 290 – 299
Erla S. Árnadóttir (2004). Höfundarréttur og afdrif falsaðra myndlistarverka, Ritið (3), bls. 123 – 135.
Erla S. Árnadóttir (2015). Developments in Iceland since the XIV Nordic Copyright Symposium in 2015, Nordiskt Immaterialt Rättsskydd, 84(6), 594 – 598
Peter Schønning, Erla S. Árnadóttir, Torkil V. Rasmussen og Jens Virgar Jakobsen (2016). Strejftog gennem den vestnordiske ophavsret. Nordiskt Immaterialt Rättsskydd, 85(4), 390 – 415
Erla S. Árnadóttir. (2006). Iceland. In Peter Schimanek og Frank-Rainer Töpfer, Remedies and Public Procurement Laws in Europe. (74 – 79). Berlín: Baker & McKenzie.
Erla S. Árnadóttir. (2008) Immaterialrettens særlige processformer. In Mads Bryde Andersen og Jonas Christoffersen, Det 38. nordiske Juristmøde i København 21. – 23. august 2008 (343 – 349). Kaupmannahöfn: Den danske styrelse for Det nordiske Juristmøde.
Erla S. Árnadóttir, Lena Markusardóttir and María Kristjánsdóttir. (2019). Iceland – Health and Pharma Overview. OneTrust DataGuidance database. –

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