Carsten Smith

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Carsten Smith
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway
In office
Preceded by Erling Sandene
Succeeded by Tore Schei
Personal details
Born (1932-07-12) 12 July 1932 (age 88)
Spouse(s) Lucy Smith

Carsten Smith (born 13 July 1932 in Oslo) is a Norwegian judge and lawyer.


He served as Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (1977–1979) and as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway (1991–2002). [1] After his retirement from the court, he continued to handle international arbitration cases, and worked with the United Nations. [2]

He was appointed Reader in Law at the University of Oslo in 1960 and Professor of Law with a specialization in commercial and banking law in 1964. He also was the first chairman of the Sami Rights Commission. [3]

Among his many published works is Kausjonsrett. Carsten Smith was awarded the Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav on 13 May 2003. [1] In 1985, he received the Fritt Ord Honorary Award. [4] He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. [5] He also received honorary degrees from several institutions, including Uppsala University [6] and Brigham Young University. [7]

Personal life

In 1958, he married fellow lawyer Lucy Smith, whom he survived. One of Norway's first female lawyers, she was also a law professor and the former rector of the University of Oslo. [1] They have three daughters who became lawyers.


Smith took his examen artium at Oslo Cathedral School in 1949 and began studying law at the University of Oslo that year. [8]

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  3. at p. 11
  4. "Priser – Fritt Ords Honnør" (in Norwegian). Fritt Ord. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  5. "Gruppe 6: Rettsvitenskap" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  8. Carsten Smith in Norsk biografisk leksikon

Academic offices
Preceded by
Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by
Erling Sandene
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway
Succeeded by
Tore Schei