Claes Borgström

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Claes Borgström

Claes Gustaf Borgström (born 21 July 1944 in Stockholm) is a Swedish lawyer and Left Party politician. Up until 2013, he was a member of the Social Democratic Party.

Education and career[edit]

Borgström earned a law degree from Stockholm University in 1974.[1] Thereafter, he started to work as a lawyer. He has worked on several high-profile criminal cases.

Between 2000 and 2007, Borgström served the Swedish government as Equality Ombudsman (JämO).[1] Borgström expressed his dislike of this job to his client Sture Bergwall. He described the job as boring, and he would not stay for the full tenancy.[2]

After the defeat of the Social Democrats in 2006, he resigned to start a law firm, with former Social Democratic Minister of Justice Thomas Bodström as partner.[3] Borgström himself had plans of becoming the Minister of Justice if the Social Democrats had won the election in 2010, according to his client Sture Bergwall. Claes said the following of the current Minister of Justice and his current partner: "I have no high thoughts of Thomas Bodström. It is actually unimaginable how the current Minister of Justice was chosen for his post. He is a shallow person."[2]

Since 2008, he's also been the Swedish Social Democratic Party's spokesperson on gender equality.[4]

Borgström thinks that all men carry a collective responsibility for violence against women, and has in this context supported Gudrun Schyman's "Tax on Men".[5]

He also attracted attention in March 2006 when he demanded that Sweden boycott the 2006 World Cup in Germany "in protest against the increase in the trafficking in women that the event is expected to result in".[6]

In 2010, Borgström successfully appealed the decision to close the sexual assault case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and became the legal representative of the two Swedish women against whom the Swedish police have accused Assange of sexual misconduct.[7] However, it seems the relationship soured, and he was replaced with Elisabeth Massi Fritz.[8]

In 2013, citing his dissatisfaction with what he refers to as the right-leaning changes in the Social Democratic Party, Borgström changed his party membership to the Swedish Left Party.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Borgström married his former colleague Märit Borgström (née Röger) in 2007.[10] He has three children from an earlier marriage.[11] He is the brother of journalists Annette Kullenberg and Kerstin Vinterhed.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Advokat Claes Borgström" (in Swedish). Borgström & Bodström advokatbyrå. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b Bergwall, Sture (8 October 2012). "PARENTES. Mitt sista samtal med Claes Borgström" (in Swedish). Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  3. ^ Sörbring, Gunnar (31 March 2007). "Claes Borgström slutar som JämO". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  4. ^ Olsson, Lova (8 April 2008). "Döm sexköpare till fängelsestraff". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Så ska vi hjälpa kvinnorna". Aftonbladet. 1 Nov 2004.
  6. ^ Sida på JämOs webbplats Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Hosenball, Mark (25 August 2010). "Lawyer for Women Accusing WikiLeaks Founder Maintains Charges of Sexual Misconduct". Newsweek. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Assange legal shakeup: Prosecutor walks, Supreme Court judge to speak out on case". RT. 28 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Claes Borgström går till Vänsterpartiet". Dagens Nyheter. 9 November 2013.
  10. ^ a b Mattsson, Åsa (4 July 2007). "Claes Borgström: "Jag spelade både fotboll och klippte klippdockor"". Salong K (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  11. ^ Thunberg, Karin (29 November 2009). "Jämt jämställd". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 31 August 2010.

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Preceded by
Lena Svenaeus
Swedish Equality Ombudsman
Succeeded by
Anne-Marie Bergström