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Hanne Sophie Greve is a Norwegian lawyer. She was a judge of the Gulating Court of Appeal in Bergen . In 1998 Greve was appointed judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, a position she held until 2004. Greve distinguished by her work on human rights issues, particularly in conflict situations and in key positions in the law courts. For several times Greve was awarded for her work in human rights.


She got her legal doctorate in 1988 at the University of Bergen for a thesis on Cambodian refugees (Kampuchean refugees "between the tiger and the crocodile." International law and the overall scope of one refugee situation).


Greve is a former judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Before she was appointed to the position in the Hague she was a judge at Gulating Court of Appeal and was involved in a number of national and international projects where human rights were in focus.

She worked in 1985 in Ethiopia on the rights of children in war situations. In 1987 she was in Namibia for the Lutheran World Federation on issues related to human rights abuses in refugee camps. She has also worked for the State Department and worked in 1990 in Cambodia with Norwegian humanitarian aid in war zones and in 1995 in Botswana with the development of rural areas after the Civil War. Greve is a Norwegian member of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia .

Greve is currently writing a book on an alleged red herring manoeuver originating with Winston Churchill, concerning an allied invasion in 1942 during World War II. Greve is of the opinion that this invasion never was anything other than a distraction, a distraction that cost the lives of several hundred Norwegians, among which the inhabitants of a fiskevær in the Vestlandet region of the country. No date has yet been given for the publication of the book.

On April 30, 2007 Greve stated that Norway has come to be perceived as a haven for international war criminals just like the South American countries after World War II. This statement was given in a TV documentary on Norway's TV 2.


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    • Kampuchean refugees 'between the tiger and the crocodile' : international law and the overall scope of one refugee situation (1988)

    • Land tenure and property rights in Cambodia (1993)

  • book

    • Frihet fra lenker: arbeid for menneskets rettigheter: professor Thorolf Raftos stiftelse 1986-1996