Claudia Bandion-Ortner

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Claudia Bandion-Ortner
Federal Minister of Justice
In office
15 January 2009 – 20 April 2011
Prime Minister Werner Faymann
Preceded by Johannes Hahn
Succeeded by Beatrix Karl
Personal details
Born (1966-11-30) 30 November 1966 (age 50)
Nationality Austrian
Political party Independent
Alma mater Karl-Franzens University
Profession Judge

Claudia Bandion-Ortner (born 30 November 1966) is an Austrian judge and politician, who served as the minister of justice.

Early life and education[edit]

Bandion-Ortner was born in Graz on 30 November 1966.[1] She graduated from Karl-Franzens University in Graz in 1989 with a master's degree in law.[2]

Claudia Bandion-Ortner in 2009


Bandion-Ortner began her career as a judge at the regional court for criminal matters in Vienna.[2] Then she became a chief judge.[2][3] She was appointed minister of justice to the coalition cabinet led by Werner Faymann on 15 January 2009, replacing Johannes Hahn.[4] Although she was an independent figure, the People's Party, partner of the Social Democratic Party in the coalition, nominated her for the post.[5] Her tenure lasted until 20 April 2011 when she was resigned from office and she was succeeded by Beatrix Karl in the post.[1][6]

After leaving office Bandion-Ortner served as the senior advisor at the international anticorruption academy in Laxenburg, outside Vienna, from August 2011 to August 2012.[2][7] In November 2012, Bandion-Ortner was appointed deputy secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz international centre for interreligious and intercultural dialogue (KAICIID) that is based in Vienna.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Bandion-Ortner is married and has a child.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Mag. Claudia Bandion-Ortner". Parlament. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Deputy secretary-general". KAICIID. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "9 sentenced to prison in Austrian bank fraud case". The New York Times. Vienna. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Austria - Ministries, political parties, etc.". Rulers. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "New justice minister gets parliamentary christening". Austrian Times. 22 January 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Marcelo Jenny (December 2012). "Austria". European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook. 51 (1): 36. 
  7. ^ "UN-backed anti-corruption academy opens in Vienna". EU Business. Vienna. AFP. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "New centre for interreligious dialogue". International Vienna (2). 2013. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "KAICIID: Historic Day for International Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue". PR Newswire Europe. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Stephanie Levett (1 December 2008). "Long Live SPÖVP!". The Vienna Review. Retrieved 14 July 2013.