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Göran Lambertz

Lars Göran Tomas Lambertz (born 17 February 1950) was the Chancellor of Justice (Swedish: justitiekansler) in Sweden between 2001 and 2009. He is currently serving as a judge on the Supreme Court of Sweden.


Lambertz was born in Kisa in Östergötland County. He received a Candidate of Law (Swedish: juris kandidat) from Uppsala University in 1976. He became an Assessor at the Svea Court of Appeal (Swedish: Svea hovrätt) and was employed at the Swedish Ministry of Justice the same year. In 1994 Lambertz was appointed as Assistant Undersecretary (Swedish: departementsråd) and in 1997 as director-general for legal affairs (Swedish: rättschef) at the Ministry of Justice. He was appointed as Chancellor of Justice on 1 October 2001. He stepped down in 2009, becoming a judge in the supreme court instead.

Issues and controversies

Göran Lambertz has received much attention in Swedish media. No chancellor of justice before him has been so well known to the people.[1] This has also resulted in much criticism against him.

He refused to investigate the antisemitic character of the Yassin tapes in the Stockholm Mosque which led to international criticism.,,[2][3][4][5]

As a supreme court judge, he still defends his 2006 decision not to act in the case of Thomas Quick.[6]

Personal life

Lambertz has been married to Susanne Lambertz, who works as a microbiologist, since 1975. The wedding, that was small scale, took place in Paris.[7]


  1. ^ Brink, Bosse. "Med passion för juridik" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
  2. ^ Stockholm Mosque#Yassin tapes
  3. ^ Alexander, Edward (2012-08-14). The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal. ISBN 9781412846608.
  4. ^ Israeli, Raphael (2011-12-31). The Islamic Challenge in Europe. ISBN 9781412809306.
  5. ^ Israeli, Raphael (2011-12-31). The Islamic Challenge in Europe. ISBN 9781412809306.
  6. ^ Day, Elizabeth (20 October 2012). "Thomas Quick: the Swedish serial killer who never was". The Observer.
  7. ^ Peruzzi, Britt. "Det är ynkligt att vända ryggen till" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2006-12-20.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Hans Regner
Chancellor of Justice
Succeeded by
Anna Skarhed