A strike of lawyers in Iceland is wreaking havoc with their Eurovision preparations. The Bandalag Háskólamanna (Ice­landic As­so­ci­a­tion of Aca­d­e­mics) which includes all Icelandic lawyers, has been on strike for 8 days now. Reportedly, no end in is sight to the industrial action.

Legal services are required to provide notaries that adjudicate and preside over the jury voting process and presentation of national votes. The Icelandic Association of Academics  today released a statement threatening, “pro­tracted strike ac­tion could jeop­ar­dise Ice­land’s Eu­ro­vi­sion par­tic­i­pa­tion”.

Icelandic media including mbl.is report the threat of an inability to provide a jury vote or even take part at all in Vienna, but with a month to go, I’d be surprised if RÚV could not organise in time for international lawyers to provide the necessary notary services; as there surely will have been precedent in the past for nations to have to source legal services from other countries, including at short notice.

Time will tell whether RÚV start to make plans for alternative arrangements, or whether a last minute stand-off may ensue.

Update 07/05/15:
PricewaterhouseCoopers have been given the responsibility for Iceland’s Eurovision-related legal services, so it shall not matter whether the on-going and worsening strike crisis in Iceland continues or not. All sorted.

Chief Editor: A non-schlager Europhile who's been doing this ESC writing malarkey since 2008, usually championing Eurovision's alternative or quirky offerings. My role at Xtra isn't too dissimilar from my previous life as a school teacher, but they're a well behaved class. Also responsible for dropping bum notes on a piano.

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