Lucy C. Smith

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Born12 October 1934
Died27 August 2013 (Age 78)
Later Rector of the University of Oslo

Lucy Caroline Smith was a Norwegian academic and Rector of the University of Oslo.


Lucy Caroline Smith (born Dahl) was a Norwegian legal scholar and professor of law at the University of Oslo,[1] from a distinguished bourgeois family. She was rector of the university from 1993 to 1998.[2]

She was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[3] In 1987 she became Norway's first female (full) professor of law. She has published the book Foreldremyndighet og barnerett. Smith was a member of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child. . From 1983 to 1986 she was part of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. [4]

In addition to her work in family and child law, she also worked out new laws within stock exchange and securities law. She was secretary of the committee that proposed the Securities Trading Act (1978) and she chaired the committee that drafted the Stock Exchange Act (1985). Smith explained the rather unusual combination with the fact that too many emotions are involved in child rights, which is why stock exchange law was a good balance.[5]

She was Vice President of the European University Association. During her time as rector at the University of Oslo, the university embarked on a major restructuring process that not everyone welcomed, where Lucy Smith was among those who pushed for the university to "adapt to the times", but she warned against changes that steer the university away from its core tasks and into soulless commercial activities. She emphasized the importance of research-based teaching and academic freedom, which is characterized by the search for truth and cognition and not by the wishes of a client.[6]

Smith was the wife of Carsten Smith, the former Chief Justice of Norway's Supreme Court. Before that appointment, he was also a law professor at the University of Oslo.


After attending Oslo Cathedral School, Smith studied law, graduating in 1959.[2]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
La Toja Island
37th Bilderberg meeting, 110 guests