Rolv Ryssdal

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Rolv Einar Rasmussen Ryssdal (born 27 October 1914 in Laksevåg, died 18 February 1998) was a Norwegian judge.

From 1969 to 1984 he was the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He was Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights from 1981 to 1985 and President from 1985 to 1998.

He was married to Signe Marie Stray Ryssdal, and father of noted lawyer Anders Christian Stray Ryssdal.

Rolv Ryssdal was appointed Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav in 1970.[citation needed] He was decorated with the Grand Cross in 1985.[1]

In 1993 he was awarded the Fritt Ord Award.[2]


  1. ^ Torgersen, Rolf Normann (1987). Ordener (in Norwegian). Oslo: Nye Atheneum. p. 188. ISBN 82-7334-148-8. 
  2. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Fritt Ords pris". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
position created
Permanent under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Justice and the Police
Succeeded by
Kristian Bloch
Legal offices
Preceded by
Terje Wold
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway
Succeeded by
Erling Sandene
Preceded by
Annette Thommessen
Recipient of the Fritt Ord Award
Succeeded by
William Nygaard