Morten Ruud

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Morten Ruud (born 25 February 1950) is a Norwegian civil servant.

Ruud graduated as cand.jur. in 1974 from the University of Oslo, and took the Norwegian National Defence College in 1985. From 1976 he has spent most of his career in the Ministry of Justice and the Police, except for the years 1977 to 1978, when he was a deputy judge, and the years 1998 to 2001 when he was the Governor of Svalbard. In the Ministry of Justice he was promoted to deputy under-secretary of state in 1990, special adviser on 1 January 1997 and then permanent under-secretary of state on 22 August 1997.[1][2] He left as permanent under-secretary of state in 2012.

While serving in Svalbard, Ruud and his Deputy Governor Rune Bård Hansen expelled three young men from Svalbard, invoking—for the first time in history—a 1976 provision that allowed for expulsion of convicted felons if deemed liable to commit new criminal acts. Ruud was criticized as "almighty" by the commentator of Verdens Gang.[3] Nordlys described the event as "embarrassing and unworthy" bullying.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Åmås, Knut Olav, ed. (2008). "Ruud, Morten". Hvem er hvem?. Oslo: Aschehoug. pp. 150–151. ISBN 978-82-03-23561-0. 
  2. ^ "Ruud departementsråd i Justisdepartementet" (in Norwegian). 22 August 1997. 
  3. ^ Johansen, Tore (7 May 1999). "Når sysselmannen handler". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 
  4. ^ Mogård, Lars Egil (26 April 1999). "Utvisningene på Svalbard". Nordlys (in Norwegian). 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Rakel Surlien
Permanent under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Justice and the Police
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Sven Ole Fagernæs (acting)
Preceded by
Ann-Kristin Olsen
Governor of Svalbard
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Odd Olsen Ingerø
Preceded by
Sven Ole Fagernæs (acting)
Permanent under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Justice and the Police
2001–2012
Succeeded by
Tor Saglie