Højesteret

Højesteret

The CVs of the Supreme Court Justices

The Supreme Court comprises one president and seventeen other justices. One of the justices is chairman of the Appeals Committee for a two-year period, and one is chairman of the Appeals Permission Board which considers petitions for leave to appeal in the third instance.

The justices of the Supreme Court are – like other judges – appointed by the Minister of Justice on recommendation from the independent Judicial Appointments Council. This Council is composed of a Supreme Court justice, a high court judge, a district court judge, a lawyer and two representatives of the public. Following a public job advertisement, a candidate is elected. Such candidate must pass a test by rendering his or her opinion in four Supreme Court cases and be assessed by the appointed judges before being appointed. The president is elected by and from among the justices and appointed by the Minister of Justice. The current Supreme Court justices have previously worked for the other courts, the central administration, the Prosecution or as lawyers or professors.

Below you will find the CVs of the justices.

Thomas Rørdam, President

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2002
President of the Court since February 2017

Education:
LLM, Aarhus University, Denmark, 1976
LLM, University of California at Berkeley, USA, 1977

Career:
Principal at the Ministry of Justice from 1977-1985, dealing with matters of personal, family and succession law as well as preparing legislation. Posted to the Ringsted Police Service as assistant prosecutor for 18 months from 1980-1982. Also served as an assistant prosecutor to the Public Prosecutor for Zealand for two and a half years from 1982-1985.

Partner in the law firm Advokatfirma Nyborg & Rørdam, Copenhagen, from 1985-2002. Admission to practise as a public defence counsel with the right to plead legal aid cases in 1990 and entitled to plead before the Supreme Court in 1991. I worked mainly as a trial lawyer, spending about two-thirds of my time defending criminal cases and the rest on cases dealing with employment, property and public law. In addition to trial work, I counselled musicians on copyright issues.

Writing and teaching:
Adjunct teacher (most recently adjunct associate professor) at the University of Copenhagen in personal, family and succession law (1978-1979), property law (1980-1992) and criminal law (1994-1996 and again from 2004).

Teaches continuing education courses for attorneys and judges, among others, on subjects such as human rights (from 1993), criminal procedure (from 1996), forensic psychiatry (1998) and floating company charge (2005).

I have written the book "Forsvareren" (a handbook for the counsel for the defence), and I am the co-author of two books on property law issues and have also written numerous articles for professional journals on aspects of property law and criminal procedure in particular. Since 2003, I have been one of the three chief editors of Karnovs Lovsamling (annotated body of laws).

Professional affiliations:
Member of the General Council of the Danish Bar and Law Society from 1991-1997, as well as member and chairman of several committees under the Council.
Member of the Board of the National Association of Appointed Defence Attorneys in 1993 and chairman of the Association from 1997-2002.
Chairman of the Danish chapter of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) from 2002-2004.
Chairman of the board of Kong Christian den Tiendes Fond 2017-
Board member of Thorvaldsens Museum 2017-
Board member of Illum Fondet 2017-
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Criminal Law 2019-

International experience:
Part of Danida’s identification mission to Zambia in autumn 1999. One week spent in Zambia followed by participation in preparing the ”Identification Report/Areas for Possible Danida Support in the Area of Human Rights and Democratization”.

Part of the legal assistance mission for the Danish Centre for Human Rights (now the Danish Institute for Human Rights) to Nepal in late 1999 and again in late 2000. One week spent in Nepal each time during which I held courses for Nepalese defence attorneys.

Taught parliamentarians in Estonia and Latvia on Good Lawmaking in autumn 2000, under the auspices of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

Part of a seminar in Iran in autumn 2003, arranged by the Institute for Human Rights and the corresponding Iranian human rights organization, which included teaching judges and attorneys on topics including the defence counsel's role.

Part of Danish Expert mission to Vietnam in May/June 2004, teaching Vietnamese prosecutors during two workshops held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on the adversarial system in criminal procedure.

Taught members of the Nepalese Human Rights Commission on Legislative Drafting during a workshop over three days in Nepal, December 2005.

Part of mission to Honduras in autumn 2008 regarding the upcoming election of justices to the Supreme Court of Honduras, arranged by DanChurchAid.

Marianne Højgaard Pedersen

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2002
Born 1952 in Lemvig, Justice of the Supreme Court from 2002.

Master of Laws (Cand. jur.) 1976

Lecturer at the University of Aarhus 1976-78
Head of section at the Ministry of Justice and Assistant police prosecutor with the Copenhagen Police 1978-80
Assistant judge, District Court of Roskilde 1980-82
Head of section at the Law Department of the Ministry of Justice 1982-86
Judge, City Court of Copenhagen 1986-97
Judge of the Eastern High Court/Court of Appeal 1997-2002

Other positions and assignments
External examiner at the University of Aarhus 1994-98
Member of the National Council for Children 1994-97
Member of the Appeals Permission Board 1995-97
Appointed to the Commission on Reform of the Greenlandic Legal System 1997-2004
Chairman of
the Complaints Board for Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism 1999-2002
Chairman of the Insurance Complaints Board 2001-2018
Chairman of the Committee of the Ministry of Social Affairs on due process in cases where children are placed in care 2004-05
Chairman of
The Disciplinary Board ("Advokatnævnet") of the Danish Bar and Law Society 2006-09
Chairman of the Committee of the Ministry of Justice on the division of matrimonial property 2007-09
Member of the Environmental Board of Appeal 2014-2017
Judge and Second Chairman of the Labour Court 2017-

Jon Stokholm

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2003

Born on 23 April 1951 in Frederiksberg

Education
1969 Advanced level in classical languages, Frederiksborg Statsskole
1975 Master's degree in law (LL.M.), University of Copenhagen, January 1975
Trained as an attorney-at-law by Hans Soeby and Poul Schmith,
Supreme Court Attorneys
1978 Admission to practice law
1978 Admitted to the High Court/Court of Appeal
1983 Admitted to the Supreme Court
1980-81 Associate, Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens, law firm, New York, USA
1991 Intensive course at the Stanford Business School, California, USA
2005 Cour de Cassation, Paris
2007 Conseil d`Etat, Paris

Career
1975-80 Associate, the Attorney General to the Danish Government
1980-83 Associate, Niels Th. Kjølbye, et al. Partner from 1983
1985- 2003 Partner, Povlsen, Westergaard, Cadovius & Stokholm, law firm. In 1990 the name was changed to Lind & Cadovius
2003- Appointed to the Supreme Court

Professional positions
1986-88 A member of the Civil Litigation, Public Law and EU law of the Professional Committee of the Danish Bar and Law Society
1988-97 The chairman of the Tax Committee of the Danish Bar and Law Society
1991-97 A member of the Council of the Danish Bar and Law Society
1991-97 A member of the Executive Committee of DJOEF (the Association of Danish Lawyers and Economists)
1995-99 The president of CCBE's delegation of the Danish Bar and Law Society (the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union)
1997-2003 A member of CCBE's Finance Committee
1999-2003 The president of the Danish Bar and Law Society
1999-2003 A member of the Danish delegation for CCBE

Public positions
1991-2003 A court-assigned counsel to the Supreme Court
1991- An external examiner on jurisprudence at the University of Copenhagen
1999 - A member of the Board of the BG (Bikuben) Foundation
2002- A member of the Advisory Board, Center for Law, Economics and Financial Institutions at the Copenhagen Business School
2002-2006 A member of the Faculty of Law Council at the University of Copenhagen
2003-04 Chairman of the committee appointed by the Government to prepare a draft act on the Danish top-level domains.
2006- Member of the Board of Det Classenske Fideicommis (The Classen Foundation). Chairman 2012-
2007 Chairman of Forskningsudvalget (the Research Committee established by the Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Copenhagen)
2010-11 Chairman of the Appeals Permission Board
2010- Chairman of the Competition Appeals Tribunal
2010- Chairman of the external examiners of law of postgraduate eduation in Denmark
2010-16 Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Danish Bar
2018- Chairman of "Selskabet til Udgivelse af Danske
Mindesmærker"
2019- Deputy Chaiman of the ATP Board of Appeal

Extra-curricular activities
1978-91 A teacher of the Danish Bar and Law Society's and FSR's (the Institute of State Authorized Public Accountants in Denmark) courses in accounting policy, bankruptcy, acquisitions, etc.
1978-91 A teacher of the Danish Bar and Law Society's courses for trainee lawyers (bankruptcy and contracts)
1988-2003 A teacher of the Danish Bar and Law Society's and FAAF's (the association of lawyers and trainee lawyers) seminars in litigation at the Eastern Division of the Danish High Court
1995- A teacher of the Danish Bar and Law Society's and the Association of Experienced Supreme Court's seminars in litigation at the Supreme Court
1998-99 A senior lecturer of the extended accounting understanding
2005- Arranging for the Danish and Norwegian bar advanced classes on arbitration
2006 Arranged for DANIDA post graduate classes in Vietnam on International Arbitration
2006 Co-editor of Tidsskrift for Erhvervsret (Danish Journal of Commercial Law)
A co-author of the book "Stempelloven" (the Stamp Act)
An author of several articles in "Advokaten" (The Lawyer), "Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen" (The Danish Weekly Law Reports), "Lov & Ret" (Rights & Justice), "Tidsskrift for Skatteret" (Journal for Tax Law) and "Tidsskrift for Selskabsret" (Journal for Company Law)

Languages
English, French

Lars Bay Larsen

Justice of the Supreme Court since 2003

On leave since 2006

Poul Dahl Jensen

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2004
Born 1956

Master of Laws (Cand. jur.) 1983

Ministry of Justice 1983-2000
Public prosecutor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecution 2000-04

Other positions and assignments
Vice-President of the Danish Labour Court
Member of the Standing Committee on Criminal Law
Board member of the Danish Society o
n Criminology

Vibeke Rønne

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2005

Born 1953 in Virum

Master of Laws (Cand. jur.) 1978

Head of section at the Ministry of Justice 1978-88
Temporary judge of the Eastern High Court/Court of Appeal 1988-89
Temporary judge, City Court of Copenhagen 1989-90, Judge 1990-98
Temporary judge of the Eastern High Court/Court of Appeal 1998, Judge 1998
Acting Director of the Court Division of the Ministry of Justice 1998-99
Judge of the Eastern High Court/Court of Appeal 1999-2005

Other positions and assignments
Tutor at the University of Copenhagen 1978-84
Appointed to assist the ”Court of Inquiry concerning ”køb dansk klausulen” i A/S Storebæltsforbindelsens udbudsbetingelser” 1990-91
External examiner at the University of Copenhagen 1995-2001
Chairman of the National Board of Adoption 1999-2010
Board member of the Danish Association of Judges 1996-98
Member of the Danish Board of the Nordic Law Meetings 1999-2005
Chairman of the Danish Financial Complaint Board 2009-
Board member of the foundation "Stiftelsen Sorø Akademi" 2014-
Chairman of the foundation "Stiftelsen Sorø Akademi" 2020-
Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Council 2014-February 2019
Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Council concerning international positions 2014-February 2019
Second deputy chairman of the Special Court of Indictment and Revision February-July 2017, Deputy chairman from August 2017-2019,
Chairman of the Special Court of Indictment and Revision 2019-

Jens Peter Christensen

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2006

Born 1956 in Skive

High school graduate 1975
Cand. phil. 1980
Master of Science in Political Science (Cand. scient. pol.) 1982
Ph.d. (Lic. jur.) 1990
Master of Laws (Cand. jur.) 1992
Dr. jur. 1997

Legal officer at the Municipality of Copenhagen 1983-84
Lecturer at Department of Political Science and Government, University of Aarhus 1984-85
Head of section at the Ministry of Education 1985-88
Research fellow at Department of Law, University of Aarhus 1988-90, senior lecturer of public law 1990-98
Professor of public law 1998-2011
Temporary judge of the Western High Court/Court of Appeal 1999-2000
Teaching assistant of economics at University of Aarhus 1979-82, at the University of Copenhagen 1983-87 and at Copenhagen Business School 1986-92, of business law at Copenhagen Business School 1992-94, of constitutional law at the University of Copenhagen 1987-97


Other positions and assignments
External examiner of constitutional law at the Universities of Aarhus and Copenhagen 1997-2017
Member of the executive committee of the Nordic Administrative Federation from 1999
Co-editor of the literary section of the Danish legal journal “Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen” 2003-2017
Member of the Committee on Courts of Inquiry 1994-96 (Report 1315/1996)
Member of the Danish Research Council for the Social Sciences 1995-98
Member of the Parliamentary Constitution Committee 1996-99
Member of the Committee on relations between ministers and government officials 1997-98 (Report 1354/1998)
Appointed by the Ministry of Finance to make the report ”Offentligt Ansatte Chefers Ansvar” (publ. 1998)
Member of the Committee on Police and defense intelligence services 1998-2012 (Report 1529/2012)
Member of the Election Board 1999-2012
Chairman of the group of experts regarding supervision of local administration 2002 (Report 1425/2002)
Chairman of the Committee on the right to vote when staying abroad 2003 (Report 1432/2003)
Chairman of the Committee on advice and assistance to government officials (Spin Doctor Committee) 2003 (Report 1443/2004)
Member of The Appeals Permission Board 2004-06
Chairman of the Committee on the freedom of expression and the right to disclose information of civil servants 2004 (Report 1472/2006)
Chairman of the board of the Danish Court Administration 2011-2018
Chairman of the Election Board from 2012
Chairman of the Committee on special advisers (spin doctors) 2012 (Report 1437/2013)
Chairman of § 66 Committee (legislative committee to follow up on the Farum Commission's recommendations) 2012 (Report 1538/2013)
Chairman of the Committee on the freedom of expression of civil servants and whistleblower arrangements from 2014 (Report 1553/2015)
Chairman of the Committee on Commissions of Inquiry from 2016 (Report 1566/2017)
Member of the board of the University of Aarhus from February 2017
Chairman of various committees regarding the doctorate in law and the appointment of law professors

Author of:
Den højere Uddannelse som Politisk Problem (1982)
Forfatningsretten og Det Levende Liv (Ph.d. dissertation 1990)
Ministeransvar (doctoral dissertation 1997)
Offentligt Ansatte Chefers Ansvar (1998)
Domstolene – den tredje statsmagt (2003)
"Højesteret og statsmagten" in the book Højesteret – 350 år (2011)
Dansk Statsret (with Jørgen Albæk Jensen and Michael Hansen Jensen) (2012)
Grundloven - atten fortællinger (2013)
Grundloven med kommentarer (with Jørgen Albæk Jensen and Michael Jensen 2015)
"The Supreme Court in Today's Society" in the book The Supreme Court of Denmark (2015)
"Højesteret i dagens samfund" in the book Højesteret (2015)
Dansk Statsret, 2. ed. (with Jørgen Albæk Jensen and Michael Hansen Jensen) (2016)

Awards:

Gads Fonds Juristpris 1991
Filtenborgprisen 2003

The festschrift "Festskrift til Jens Peter Christensen" (DJØF Publishing, 2016, 895 pages) was published on the occasion of his 60th birthday on 1 November 2016

Henrik Waaben

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2006

Born 1952 in Copenhagen

High school graduate 1971
Master of Laws (Cand. jur.) 1978
Admitted to the bar 1983 (license deposited)

Assistant attorney 1978-80
Head of section at the Ministry of Justice 1980-81
Assistant police prosecutor, Kolding 1981-83
Head of section at the Ministry of Justice 1983-87
Head of secretariat, Refugee Appeals Board 1987-88
Head of division at the Ministry of Justice 1988-93
Director of the Danish Data Protection Agency 1993-2002
Judge of the Eastern High Court/High Court of Appeal 2002-06
Chairman of the Board of Appeal Permission 2014-2015

Other positions and assignments
External examiner at the University of Copenhagen 1998-2007
Chairman of the Data Council 2007-2018
Editor with regard to judgments in the Danish legal journal “Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen” from 2009
Editor with regard to legislation (the Road Traffic Act), Karnovs Lovsamling from 2018
Chairman of the Appeals Permission Board 2014-2015
Chairman of the Mortgage Credit Complaint Board 2012-2017
Deputy chairman of the Danish Financial Complaint Board from 2018
Member of the Environmental Board of Appeal (prev. the Nature Protection Board of Appeal) 2008-2017

Author of:
Co-author of: Færdselsloven med Kommentarer (1992/2017)
Lov om Behandling af Personoplysninger med
Kommentarer (2001/2008/2015)

Michael Rekling

Justice of the Supreme Court of Denmark from 2007

Born 18 February, 1958 in Copenhagen.

Education
General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level in social studies and languages from Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium 1976
Master of laws (cand.jur), University of Copenhagen, June 1981
Admitted to the Bar 1986
Admitted to the Supreme Court 1994


Professional experience
Head of Section, Ministry of Justice 1981-1988
Deputy Judge, City Court in Naestved 1981
Head of Section, Department of Family Law, Ministry of Justice 1981-1984
Deputy Judge, City Court in Toender 1984-1985
Head of Section of the legislative department, Ministry of Justice, Section of Property Law 1985-1988
Denmark’s representative of the Expert Committee on Family Law, Council of Europe 1985-1988
Secretary to the Sale of Goods Act Committee 1985-1988
Secretary to the Interest Act Committee, including the submission of
Report No. 1161/1989 on the Interest Act 1986-1988
Head of Section, Office of the Attorney General (part-time) 1981-1982 (approx.)
Assistant Chief Constable, Copenhagen Police (part-time) 1982-1983 (approx.)
Head of Section, District Attorney of Funen etc. (part-time) 1983-1984 and
1985-1987 (approx.)
Assistant to the District Attorney of Zealand 1988 (approx.)
Attorney-at-law, law firm Bornstein & Groenborg 1988-1991 (from 1991 law firm Koch-Nielsen & Groenborg)
Partner, law firm Koch-Nielsen & Groenborg 1992-2006 (from 2001 law firm Plesner)
External examiner, Faculty of law, Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus 2002-2010
Counsel assigned to individuals accused by the State at the Supreme Court 2006


Lecturing experience
Lecturing Assistant, Law of contracts and torts, University of Copenhagen 1985-1988


Work for the Bar Association
Member of the Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Assistance 1990-1996 (approx.)
Member of the Bar Association’s Expert Committee on law of contracts and torts 1991-1997 (from 1993 vice-chairman)
Rapporteur to the Bar Association’s Professional Journal regarding law of contracts and torts 1994-1997
Member of the Contact Forum between the Eastern High Court and the attorneys in the jurisdiction of the Eastern High Court 1995-2003
Member of the General Council of the Danish Bar Association 1997-2003
Chairman of the Bar Association’s Expert Committee on law of competition and law of intellectual property 1997-1999
Chairman of the Bar Association’s Committee on young attorneys 1997-1999
Member of the Bar Association’s Opinion Committee 1997-1999 and
2002-2003
Member of the Commission on reforming the organization of the Danish Courts 1998-2001
Member of the Commission on reforming the organization of the Danish police 1998-2002
Chairman of the Bar Association’s Expert Committee on company law 1999-2001
Chairman of the Bar Association’s Committee on future competition in the market of consultancy services 1999-2000
Chairman of the Bar Association’s Expert Committee on family law, law of social services and employment law 2001-2003
Chairman of the board of the Bar Association’s Relief Fund 2001-2003
Member of the General Council’s Finance Committee 2001-2003
Vice-president of the Danish Bar Association 2003


Other experience
Substitute of the Danish Appeals Permission Board 2004-2006
Substitute for the chairman of the Danish Competition Appeals Board 2009-
Second Chairman of Presidium of the Arbitration Board for Construction Work 2009- 2016
Second Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Council 2014-
Chairman of the Appeals Permission Board 2016-2017
Member of the Board of The Association of Danish Judges 2016-
Chairman of Presidium of the Arbitration Board for Construction Work 2016-
Member of the Board of Directors of the Danish Society for Construction and Consulting Law 2016-

Hanne Schmidt

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2009

Born 1960

High school graduate 1978
Master of Laws (Cand.jur.) 1983
Head of section, Ministry of Justice and Assistant judge, District Court of Hvidovre 1983-86
Assistant police prosecutor, Gladsaxe Police 1987-88
Head of section, Ministry of Justice 1988-93
Assistant at the Public Prosecutor for Zealand 1988-1992
Temporary judge, District Court of Lyngby 1992-93
Head of division, Ministry of Justice 1993-97
Public prosecutor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecution 1997-2009


Other positions and assignments

Chairman of the Press Council 2014-2019
Editor with regard to judgments in the Danish legal journal “Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen”
Vice-chairman of the Danish Labour Court 2017-
Vice-chairman of The Special Court of Indictment and Revision 2019- Alternate Vice-chairman 2017-19)
Chairman of the board of the Danish Court Administration 2018-

Lars Hjortnæs

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2010

Born 16. september 1960 in Århus

High school graduate 1979
Undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho, USA 1979-80
Master of Laws (Cand. jur.), University of Copenhagen 1985

Head of section at the Ministry of Justice 1985-87
Assistant judge, District Court of Kjellerup 1987-88
Head of section at the Ministry of Justice 1988-94
Head of Division, Property Law Office, Ministry of Justice 1994-2000
Deputy Permanent Secretary, Law Department, Ministry of Justice 2000-10

Other positions and assignments
Previously a member of the Standing Committee of Criminal Law, the Commission regarding Juvenile Delinquency, the editorial committee for ”Juristen” and the the Nordic Committee of Government Officials on legislative issues
External examiner at the University of Copenhagen 2002-
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Procedural Law 2014-
Vice-chairman of the Danish Labour Court from 2014-
Member of the "Teachers' Committee" (committee looking into the working hour regulations for teachers) 2018-

Author of: ”Lov om forbrugerbeskyttelse ved erhvervelse af fast ejendom m.v. med kommentarer” (ISBN 87-574-7660-8), DJØF, 1997

Oliver Talevski

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2011

Born 1964

High school graduate 1982
Master of Laws (Cand.jur.) University of Copenhagen 1986
LL.M. Cambridge University, England 1988
Admitted to the bar 1992 (license deposited)
Admitted to the High Court/Court of Appeal and
the Maritime and Commercial Court 1993

Judge of the Eastern High Court/Court of Appeal
Head of division at the Law Department of the Ministry of Justice
Head of section at the Ministry of Justice
Attorney at Kammeradvokaten (
the Legal Advisor to the Danish Government)
Assistant judge, District Court of Holstebro

Other positions and assignments
Writing and teaching assignments
Judge of  the European Nuclear Energy Tribunal 2006-14.
Member and secretary of various committees , including vice-chairman of the Commission regarding the openness of public administration 2003-05.
Part-time assistant judge, District Court of Køge 1995-96.
Assistant at the Public Prosecutor for Copenhagen 1994-95.
Part-time duties at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and as assistant judge at
the Maritime and Commercial Court 1991-92.
Lecturer of jurisprudence (legal philosophy) at the University of Copenhagen 1989-1990.
Assistant police prosecutor, Gladsaxe Police 1988-89.
Assistant judge, District Court of Frederiksberg 1986-87.
Vice-chairman of the Danish Labour Court from 2014-2019. Chairman 2019-
Chairman of the Civil Service Tribunals  2019-
Chairman of the Dismissals Tribunal 2019-
Chairman of the Dismissals Tribunal for Managerial and Executive Staff 2019-
Chairman of the Appeals Permission Board 2018-2019
Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Council March 2019-

Jan Schans Christensen

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2012

Born August 15, 1957 in the Netherlands

Education
High School graduate 1976
Master of Laws (cand. jur.) 1981
Admitted to the Danish Bar 1984
Admitted to the Danish High Court/Court of Appeal 1986
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Columbia University School of Law, New York 1988
Dr.jur., University of Copenhagen 1991

Main occupation
Junior attorney and attorney with Per Federspiel Law Firm 1981-86
Attorney with Trolle, Damsbo & Lund-Andersen 1986-87
Foreign associate with Debevoise & Plimpton, New York (Corporate Department) 1988-89
Attorney with and partner of Trolle, Damsbo & Lund-Andersen 1989 and Bech-Bruun & Trolle 1990-2000
Professor of corporate law at the University of Copenhagen 2001-2012

Other positions, assignments and activities
Various teaching positions with, inter alia, the University of Copenhagen 1985-87 and 1993-94
Member of the Danish Bar and Law Society’s company law committee 1992-93, Deputy Chairman 1993-97
Member of the Danish Bar’s Committee for the 1st Circuit 1994-2000
Member of the European Commission’s High Level Group of Company Law Experts 2001-2002
Chairman of the Danish Corporate Law Association 2001-2012
Member of the Dutch Ministry of Justice’s Group of Experts on Cross-Border Voting, 2002
Chairman of the Danish Committee on Marketing Practices and Price Labelling 2003-2005
Deputy Chairman of the Danish Radio and Television Board 2004-2011
Chairman of the Danish committee on insider trading 2005-2010
Chairman of the Danish Competition Council 2005-2011
Chairman of the Danish Accountant Commission 2005-2011
Member of the Danish Committee on Modernising Company Law 2006-2008
Member of the Board of the Danish Arbitration Association 2008-
Chairman of the Copyright License Tribunal 2012-
Member of the ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) Panels of Conciliators and of Arbitrators 2012-

Has acted as arbitrator in a large number of domestic and international cases involving private as well as public undertakings

Author of various text books, articles and contributions, including:
Contested Takeovers in Danish Law (doctoral dissertation, 1991)
Ledelse & aktionærer (management and shareholders, 1992)
Grænseoverskridende virksomhedsoverdragelser (cross-border mergers and acquisitions, 1998)
Selskabsloven med kommentarer (commentary on the Danish Companies Act, 2012) Kapitalselskaber (limited liability companies, 1st edition 2003, 5th edition 2017)
Det Europæiske Selskab (the European company, co-author Sanne Dahl Fredslund, 2007)

Awards:

University law teacher of the year (2005)

Kurt Rasmussen

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2012

Born 1958

High school graduate 1978
Master of Laws (Cand. jur.) University of Copenhagen 1985

Head of section at the Ministry of Justice 1985-87
Assistant judge, Distict Court of Tønder 1987-88
Head of section at the Ministry of Justice 1988-91
Legal attaché at Permanent Representation of Denmark to the European Union, Brussels 1991-93
Legal adviser/Head of division at the Ministry of Justice 1993-97
Judge of the Western High Court/Court of Appeal 1997-2012

Other positions and assignments
Lecturer of criminal law and EU law at the University of Copenhagen (before 1997)
External examiner at the University of Aarhus 1998-2000
Member of the Danish National Tax Tribunal 1998-2010
Judge of the Arbitration Council for Building and Construction Enterprise 2007-11 and again 2013-
Deputy chairman of the Refugee Appeals Board 2001-13
Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Danish Bar 2017-
Chairman of the Appeals Permission Board 2020-

Jens Kruse Mikkelsen

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2013

Born 1965 in Aarhus

High School Graduate 1984
Master of Laws (Cand.jur.) 1990, Aarhus University
Master of Laws (LL.M.) 1994, Harvard Law School, USA

Assistant attorney, Kromann & Münter Law Firm 1990
Head of Section, Ministry of Justice 1990-1997
Head of Division, Ministry of Justice 1997-2002
Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice 2003-2008
Judge of the Eastern High Court/Court of Appeal 2008-2013

Other positions and assignments
Chairman of the Press Council 2020- (Substitute 2016-2019)
Chairman of the Insurance Complaints Board 2019-
Chairman of the Council of Greenland's Judicial System 2017-
External Examiner at Aarhus University 2006-2014
Member of and Secretary to various law reform committees under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice, including the Commission on Reform of the Greenlandic Legal System, the Standing Committee on Procedural Law, and the Standing Committee on Criminal Procedure
Prosecutor (part-time) at the State Prosecutor for Copenhagen 1995-1997
Case Officer (part-time) at the State Prosecutor for Copenhagen 1994-1995
Deputy Judge (part-time) at Copenhagen City Court 1990-1993

Lars Apostoli

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2014

Born 1961

Master of Laws (Cand. Jur.) 1986
Head of section at the Ministry of Justice (the Office of Criminal Law and the Law Department) 1986-92
Kammeradvokaten (Legal Adviser to the Danish Government) 1988-2014 (attorney since 1989, admitted to the Supreme Court 1994 and partner 1998-2014). Mainly tax law cases

Other positions and assignments
Deputy member of the Presidium of the Arbitration Board for Construction Work
Chairman of the Committee concerning "Karnovs Skattepris"
Member of the Council of the Danish Fiscal Association

Anne Louise Bormann

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2016

Born 1967 in Rønde

High School Graduate 1986
Master of Laws (Cand.jur.) 1991, Copenhagen University
Master of Laws (LL.M.) 1998, University of Nottingham

Head of Section, Ministry of Justice 1991-1994 and 1996-2000
Deputy Judge at the City Court of Kalundborg

Head of Division, Ministry of Justice 2001-2004

Judge of the Eastern High Court/Court of Appeal 2005-2016

Other positions and assignments
External Examiner at  Copenhagen University from 2010
Writing and teaching assignments
Member of and Secretary to various law reform committees under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice
Chairman of the Committee on Reform of Marital Property Law 2010-2015
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Criminal Procedure 2014-
Danida Consultant on the training of Ugandan magistrates 2011-2015
Case Officer (part-time) at the State Prosecutor for Copenhagen 1996-2000
Deputy Judge (part-time) at Copenhagen City Court 1993-1994
Prosecutor (part-time) at the Copenhagen Police 1991-1993

Kristian Korfits Nielsen

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2017

Born 1968 in Aalborg

High School Graduate 1988
Master of Laws (Cand.jur.) 1994, Aarhus Universitet
Head of Section, Ministry of Justice 1994-1998
Acting Head of Division, the Danish Data Surveillance Authority (now the Danish Data Protection Agency) 1999
Assistant Judge at the City Court of Roskilde 1999-2000
Head of Section, Ministry of Justice 2000-2002
Legal adviser, Ministry of Justice 2003
Head of Division, Ministry of Justice 2004-2009
Legal commissioner, the Prime Minister's Department 2009-2011
Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice 2011-2014
Judge of the Eastern High Court/Court of Appeal 2014-2017

Other positions and assignments
Member of and Secretary to various law reform committees
Part-time duties as assistant police prosecutor, Copenhagen Police 1995
Part-time duties at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution 1995-1996
Assistant public prosecutor, the Public Prosecutor for Copenhagen 2001-2002 
External examiner at the University of Copenhagen from 2008
Deputy Chairman of the Public Contracts Appeals Board 2016-2017
Chairman of the Data Protection Council 2018-

Co-author of ”Lov om behandling af personoplysninger med kommentarer” (2001/2008/2015)
Co-author of "Databeskyttelsesforordningen og databeskyttelsesloven" (2020)

Jørgen Steen Sørensen

Justice of the Supreme Court from 2019

Born on 21 April 1965

LLM (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), 1990
Head of Section, Ministry of Justice, 1990−92 and 1994−98
Head of Section, Parliamentary Ombudsman office, 1992−94
Studies at the University of Montpellier, 1998
Head of Department, Ministry of Justice (Legislative Office), 1998−2001
Acting judge, Eastern High Court, 2001−2002
Head of Division, Ministry of Justice (Legislative Office), 2002−2004 and 2005−2007
Employed at the U.K. Home Office and Cabinet Office, London, 2004−2005
Director of Public Prosecutions, 2007−2012
Parliamentary Ombudsman 2012-2019

Other positions and assignments

Concurrently with employment at the Ministry of Justice: i.a. external lecturer in constitutional law and legal philosophy (University of Copenhagen), prosecutor with the Copenhagen Police and with the State Prosecutor’s office, and adviser for Danida (Denmark’s development cooperation) in connection with the development of democratic institutions in the 3rd World, Uganda in particular

Honorary professor of Law (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Danish representative, The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) under the Council of Europe
Member of the Board of the Law Society in Copenhagen
Member of the Board of the Nordic Law Meetings
Member of the editorial committee for the Danish professional journal Juristen

Author or co-author of a number of articles in law journals on, i.a., matters involving constitutional, human rights and criminal issues and of various law commentaries.

Sidst opdateret: 05. august 2020