Former Minister of Labour Hanne Bjurstrøm (Labour Party)


Born: 1960

The Minister of Labour is responsible for the labour market, the working environment, pensions and welfare policy.


Professional background

  • 2007-2009 Norway’s chief negotiator under the United Nations climate change negotiations, Ministry of Environment
  • 2003-2007 Senior Adviser with responsibility for the development of Norway’s cap and trade system (climate change), Ministry of Environment
  • 2000-2003 Vice-President and Judge, The Labour Court
  • 1997-2000 Agent, Attorney General of Civil Affairs
  • 1995-1997 Corporate Councellor, Aker Oil and Gas Technology PLC
  • 1994-1995 Political Secretary to Commissioner for Finance and Planning Rune Bjerke, Oslo City Government
  • 1987-1994 Senior Executive Officer/Adviser, Legislation Department, Ministry of Justice
  • 1992 Visiting researcher, Institute for Social Research.
  • 1987- 2006 Part-time teacher and external examiner (administrative law), University of Oslo.
  • 1984-1985 Scientific Assistant (maritime law), University of Oslo.
  • 1981-1982 Legal consultant (women’s rights), University of Oslo.


  • 1996 Barrister training for lawyers (mandatory)
  • 1990 Masters Degree (LLM), International Law, London School of Economics and Political Science 
  • 1987  Bachelor of law, University of Oslo1984  Summer University "Introduction to English Law", University of London.
  • 1980 Studies within Italian film and art history, Institute for foreign students, University of Firenze.

Various tasks, commissions

  • 2006-2008 Leader of a dispute committe (workplace environment)
  • 2005-2008 Leader of the The United Nations ECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
  • 2001-2004 Deputy Board Member of European Surveillance Authority (ESA) College
  • 2001- 2008 Member of a complaints board relating to decisions made by the Data Inspectorate (protection of personal privacy)
  • 1997- 2003  Member of the national committee for research ethics (social sciences, law, humanities)
  • 1993-1996 Norwegian adviser to the Council of Europe (civil law)
  • 1993 Member of committe overseeing an official policy review (pricing of public information)


  • 1980-1983 Deputy Member; Oslo City Government
  • 1980-1983 Deputy Member; Oslo School Board
  • 1980-1983 Deputy Member; Oslo Price Board
  • 1981-1983 Member; Oslo Municipal Youth Committee
  • 1982 Board Member; Norwegian Student Society
  • 1982 Board Member; Company Chateu Neuf
  • 1982-1983: Deputy Member; Norwegian Children and Youth Council
  • 1996- 1999: Board Member; Ullevål hospital