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Sweden's Supreme Court gets first female chair

David Landes · 14 Jan 2010, 10:52

Published: 14 Jan 2010 10:52 GMT+01:00

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Marianne Lundius has been a judge on Sweden’s Supreme Court (Högsta Domstol) since 1998 after a twenty-year career as an attorney with the Lagerlöf & Leman Advokatbyrå law firm.

On Thursday, the government appointed her to serve as the Supreme Court’s president and administrative head.

The 49-year-old justice is also involved in several other public roles, serving as the vice chair of the Fideikommissnämnden (Entailed Estates Council), as well as substitute chairs of both the Oljekrisnämnden (Oil Crisis Council) and the Prövningsnämnden för stöd till kreditinstitut (Credit Institutions Support Approval Commission).

Lundius is also vice chair of the disciplinary committee of the Stockholm stock exchange and vice chair of the Swedish Securities Council (Aktiemarknadsnämnden).

The appointment makes Lundius the first woman to lead Sweden’s Supreme Court.

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David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:34 January 14, 2010 by Nemesis
This is long overdue.

Maybe now some of the male judges might actually hear that rape is not a lesser crime.
12:58 January 14, 2010 by Beynch
Long overdue? Why? No objections here. As long as she was the best qualified for the job. And not as a result of some misguided liberal notion of "gender equalization".
13:51 January 14, 2010 by magirus
She doesn't have to be the best qualified for the job.

Politics is not like mathematics, there is not right or wrong per se, but only mediation between opposing interests and the decision to privilege some instead of others.

So if this country decides that both genders must be represented in the court, then this is what's going to happen regardless of "qualifications".
14:35 January 14, 2010 by Beynch
@magirus: What a load of crock! You epidomize the reason why liberalism has metastasized in Swedish society. Let the Social Democrats, and their liberal vermin, swivel down the drain in 2010.
14:43 January 14, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Beynch

It is male sexism such as yours, that has kept the highest quality judges from these posts.

Also there is nothing wrong with being liberal. Liberal has a different meaning in Europe to that which it has morphed into in the USA. Look up the word in a dictionary and you will see what I mean.
15:14 January 14, 2010 by magirus
Dear Beynch, maybe you need some anger management.

The fact that I was trying to explain you why these things may happen it doesn't mean that I endorse them in any situation.

On the other hand a supreme court, similarly to the parlament, should represent the spirit of a country, which means that cultural background should be considered as important as the perfect knowledge and practice of constitutional law, which I assume is your only criterium. The composition of the US supreme court goes in the same direction.
15:15 January 14, 2010 by Beynch
@nemesis: Then all is well. If indeed she IS the most qualified. I do not know enough about Lundius to comment directly about her. I was objecting to magirus' copious ignorance and her use of the words "regardless of qualifications". This is a textbook example of the lowering of standards in Swedish society, all in the name of PC.
21:08 January 14, 2010 by geronimoIII
Just ecstatic it wasnt Nemesis named...the Judge.
03:36 January 15, 2010 by Davey-jo
What's a female chair and how do they differ from male chairs?
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