European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)







Cand.jur. (Candidate of Law), University of Oslo 1975

Dr.juris, University of Bergen 1991

Professional activities

Professor of law, University of Bergen, Faculty of Law, since 1991. Main areas: Social Security Law, Family Law, Children’s Law, Discrimination- and Equality Law

Previous occupations

Practising lawyer, 1975-76
Assistant professor, Nordland University College, Bodø 1976-78
Deputy judge, Midhordland District Court, 1982-83
Assistant professor and research fellow, University of Bergen, Faculty of Law, 1978-82 and 1984-91


University of Bergen:

- Member of the University Board, University of Bergen, 1993-1995
- Member of the University Board's Research Committee, 1996-1998
- Member of the Board of IMER Norway/Bergen (Research Programme on International Migration and Ethnic Relations), 1996-2001
- Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law, 1999-2001

Norwegian national level:

- Chairperson of the Norwegian Equal Status Appeals Board (Gender discrimination), 1987-1995
- Chairperson of the governmental Law Commission on a New Act to Combat Ethnic Discrimination, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Affairs, 2000-2002, report presented as NOU 2002: 12 “Rettslig vern mot etnisk diskriminering” (Legal Protection against Ethnic Discrimination, Official Norwegian Report)
-Vice Chair of the Norwegian Equality Tribunal, from 2008


Monographies, articles and papers mostly on the Norwegian Equal Status Act (Gender discrimination), the Norwegian Social Insurance Scheme, and Children Law