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|Federal Minister of Justice
22 October 2002 – 27 October 2009
|Preceded by||Herta Däubler-Gmelin|
|Succeeded by||Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger|
16 November 1953 |
|Political party||Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)|
|Alma mater||University of Giessen|
Zypries studied law at the University of Giessen from 1972 to 1977, and took her first legal state exam in 1978. Then followed in-service training in the regional court district of Gießen, and in 1980 the second state exam. Until 1985 she worked at the University of Giessen.
- 1985–1988: Assistant Head of Division at State Chancellery of Hesse.
- 1988–1990: Member of academic staff at the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.
- 1991: Head of Division of the State Chancellery of Lower Saxony.
- 1995–1997: Head of Department of the State Chancellery of Lower Saxony.
- to 1998: Active in the Ministry for Women, Labour and Social Affairs of Lower Saxony.
- 1998–2002: State Secretary.
- November 1998 to October 2002: Active in the Federal Ministry of the Interior. From September 1999 Chair of the State Secretary Committee for the management of the Federal Government programme "Modern State — Modern Administration".
- 23 October 2002 – 27 October 2009: Federal Minister of Justice.
On 3 June 2007, Zypries caused some controversy by saying at a meeting of G8 justice ministers in Munich that it should be assumed that missing British child Madeleine McCann was abducted by a gang that passes on children to be abused.
In the case of Richard Williamson, she said that the German government was willing to press charges against the bishop if he did not clearly retract his comments.
- Brigitte Zypries's blog (German)
- Voices on Antisemitism, Interview with Brigitte Zypries, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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