Born in 1951 in Norway. Degree in Economics and Business Administration (siviløkonom) NHH Bergen, Norway 1972. Master degree in Law, University of Oslo 1977. Admitted to the bar 1984. Doctoral degree in Law 1997. Professor of Law at the University of Oslo since 2000. Acting Supreme Court Justice in five periods 2006 – 2019, The Supreme Court of Norway. Main fields of research are family law and property law. Author of several books in family law, among others a monograph on co-ownership in marriage and unmarried cohabitation, and – together with professor Peter Lødrup – the text book on family law used in the Law Faculties in Norway. Member of the Expert group of the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) and the Coordinating group Family Law in Europe, (Fl-EUR). Co-editor and co-founder of Norway’s leading journal on family law (Tidsskrift for familierett, arverett og barnevernrettslige spørsmål, Gyldendal). Member of the International Advisory Board for Child and Family Law Quarterly (England). Member of the Academia Europaea. Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
Publications in CRISTIN (Current Research Information System in Norway)