Karin Maria Bruzelius

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Karin Maria Bruzelius
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Karin Bruzelius lecturing on human rights in 2009
21st President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights
In office
1978–1984
Preceded by Kari Skjønsberg
Succeeded by Sigrun Hoel
Chairman of the Petroleum Price Board
In office
1987–2004
Secretary-General of the Ministry of Transport and Communications
In office
1989–1997
Succeeded by Per Sanderud
Supreme Court Justice
In office
1997–2011
Personal details
Born (1941-02-19) 19 February 1941 (age 76)
Nationality Norway

Karin Maria Bruzelius (born 19 February 1941) is a Swedish-born Norwegian supreme court justice and civil servant. She served as a justice on the Supreme Court of Norway from 1997 to 2011. Before her appointment as supreme court justice, she was Secretary-General (Permanent Secretary) of the Ministry of Transport and Communications from 1989 to 1997, as the first woman to serve as Permanent Secretary in Norway. She has previously also been a Director-General in the Ministry of Justice and a corporate lawyer. She was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague from 2004 to 2010. Bruzelius was President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights from 1978 to 1984. She chaired the Petroleum Price Board from 1987 to 2004.

Career[edit]

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 became a principal officer in the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police in 1965, was later promoted to deputy director and became director-general in 1979. From 1983 to 1987 she worked as a lawyer, before becoming director-general in the Ministry of Transport and Communications. She was promoted to secretary-general (permanent under-secretary of State), the chief civil servant of the ministry, in 1989, as the first woman to hold such a position in Norway. 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] She was also Vice President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights 1974–1978 and 2014–2016. She is currently a member of the Norwegian Women's Lobby's expert committee.[3]

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.[4] However, when the case was treated by the Standing Committee on Justice three months later, it was closed.[5]

References[edit]

  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. ^ [http://www.kvinnelobby.no/people/karin-bruzelius Karin Bruzelius
  4. ^ Gjerde, Robert (5 February 2008). "Stortinget må vurdere riksrett". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 8 February 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  5. ^ Ommundsen, Else Gro (8 May 2008). "Høyesterettsdommere stilles ikke for riksrett". Dagsavisen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 22 August 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Erik Ribu
Permanent under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Transport and Communications
1989–1997
Succeeded by
Per Sanderud