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Gunnar Bergby (born 28 August 1947)[1] is a Norwegian civil servant and jurist. He is the Secretary-General of the Supreme Court of Norway.

Gunnar Bergby
Born (1947-08-28) August 28, 1947 (age 72)

CareerEdit

He was born in Oslo, and graduated with the cand.jur. degree in 1974. In 1975, he served as a research assistant at Aarhus University, after which he was hired as a consultant in the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications. He worked in the Norwegian Gender Equality Council from 1977 to 1979 and under the Norwegian Gender Equality Ombud from 1979 to 1986. From 1986 to 1989 he was the town clerk (byskriver) of Oslo, and from 1989 to 1994 he served as stipendiary magistrate (byfogd).[2]

Since 1994 he has been the administrative director of the Supreme Court of Norway. In Norway this is neither a judicial office nor the head of the Supreme Court, but corresponds to the head of human resources, ranking below the chief justice and the 19 justices.

Membership on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against WomenEdit

In 2016 the Norwegian government nominated him as a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, a UN body of experts on discrimination against women, and he was subsequently elected to this committee. His nomination was controversial because all the women's rights organizations in the Nordic countries had nominated Anne Hellum, the Director of the Institute of Women's Law at the University of Oslo, and because Bergby was regarded as being far less qualified than Hellum, having no academic publications in this field despite this being one of the key criteria. The nomination was criticized by several jurists and other experts on gender equality in Norway, among them Hege Skjeie, Inga Bostad, Helga Hernes, Cecilia Bailliet, Ingunn Ikdahl, Vibeke Blaker Strand and Aslak Syse, as discriminatory towards women. Bergby was the third man in a row from the Nordic countries nominated to this committee, while no women from the Nordic countries had been nominated since the 1990s.[3][4][5][6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gunnar Bergby
  2. ^ Norwegian National Courts Administration (2 March 2007). "Gunnar Bergby, Direktør" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  3. ^ Cecilia Bailliet: A Call for Transparency in Nominations to International Committees and Tribunals, Voices on international law, policy, practice
  4. ^ Oppnevnte mann til kvinnekomité, Advokatbladet
  5. ^ "Forbigår den beste: Driver Utenriksdepartementet (UD) radikal kjønnskvotering av menn – som er forbudt i arbeidslivet?" Dagens Næringsliv 31 March 2016
  6. ^ Hege Skjeie and Helga Hernes: "Ikke til å tro." Dagens Næringsliv 2 April 2016
  7. ^ Hilde Firman Fjellså: "Likestilling: Et liv i kamp: Anne Hellums yrkesliv startet med diskriminering. Det har ikke gitt seg ennå". Klassekampen 20 May 2016 pp. 32–33 ["En samlet kvinnebevegelse i de nordiske landene ville ha Anne Hellum innstilt til FNs kvinnekomité da det i år var Norges tur til å nominere. Slik gikk det ikke. Beslutningen har vært sterkt kritisert av en rekke ledende fagfolk. Det er stilt spørsmål om Utenriksdepartementets nominasjon av en mindre kvalifisert mann er i tråd med norsk og internasjonalt regelverk som godtar moderat, men ikke radikal kjønnskvotering."]