Karin Maria Bruzelius

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Karin Bruzelius lecturing on human rights in 2009

Karin Maria Bruzelius (born 19 February 1941) is a Swedish-born Norwegian civil servant and judge, a former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and Supreme Court Justice.

She was born in Lund, Sweden,[1] graduated as cand.jur. from Lund University in 1964 and Master of Law from Columbia Law School in 1969. She worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police from 1965, and became deputy under-secretary of State there in 1979. From 1983 to 1987 she worked as a lawyer, before returning as deputy under-secretary of State. She was promoted to permanent under-secretary of State in 1989, as the first female to hold such a position. She was a Supreme Court Justice from 1997 to 2011.[2]

She has chaired the Petroleum Price Board (1987–2004) and been President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights (1978–1984).[2] Since 2014, she is Vice President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights.

On 5 February 2008, the Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs of the Norwegian Parliament recommended that a commission be named to investigate and, if warranted, prosecute for impeachment three of the Norwegian Supreme Court Justices who presided over the cases of Fritz Moen, a victim of miscarriage of justice. The three were Bruzelius, Magnus Matningsdal and Eilert Stang Lund.[3] However, when the case was treated by the Standing Committee on Justice three months later, it was closed.[4]


  1. ^ "Karin Maria Bruzelius". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Åmås, Knut Olav, ed. (2008). "Bruzelius, Karin". Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. p. 81. ISBN 978-82-03-23561-0. 
  3. ^ Gjerde, Robert (5 February 2008). "Stortinget må vurdere riksrett". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  4. ^ Ommundsen, Else Gro (8 May 2008). "Høyesterettsdommere stilles ikke for riksrett". Dagsavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Erik Ribu
Permanent under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Transport and Communications
Succeeded by
Per Sanderud