Berit Reiss-Andersen

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Person.png Berit Reiss-Andersen  Rdf-icon.png
(Lawyer)
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Awarding the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN
Born1954-07-11
Drøbak, Norway
NationalityNorway
PartyNorwegian Labour Party

Berit Reiss-Andersen (born 11 July 1954) is a Norwegian lawyer, author and former politician for the Norwegian Labour Party. She is chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the 5-member committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also a board member of the Nobel Foundation, which has the overall responsibility for all the five Nobel Prizes. She served as Norway's Minister of Justice and the Police from 1996 to 1997 and as President of the Norwegian Bar Association from 2008 to 2012.[1]

In October 2017, in awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Berit Reiss-Andersen said:

"ICAN has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world's nations to pledge to cooperate … in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. The organisation is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition on such weapons."[2]

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