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
Preceded by Kari Skjønsberg
Succeeded by Sigrun Hoel
Chairman of the Petroleum Price Board
In office
Secretary-General of the Ministry of Transport and Communications
In office
Succeeded by Per Sanderud
Supreme Court Justice
In office
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 civil servant and judge, a former Secretary-General (Permanent Secretary) of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and a former 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 began working in the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police in 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 woman 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] She was also Vice President of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights 1974–1978 and 2014–2016.

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