Brigitte Bierlein

Brigitte Bierlein
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Chancellor of Austria
In office
3 June 2019 – 7 January 2020
PresidentAlexander Van der Bellen
DeputyClemens Jabloner
Preceded bySebastian Kurz
Succeeded bySebastian Kurz
President of the Constitutional Court
In office
23 February 2018 – 3 June 2019
Nominated byFirst Kurz cabinet
Vice PresidentChristoph Grabenwarter
Preceded byGerhart Holzinger
Succeeded byVacant
Vice President of the Constitutional Court
In office
1 January 2003 – 22 February 2018
Nominated bySchüssel cabinet
PresidentKarl Korinek
Gerhart Holzinger
Preceded byKarl Korinek
Succeeded byChristoph Grabenwarter
Personal details
Born (1949-06-25) 25 June 1949 (age 70)
Vienna, Austria
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of Vienna

Brigitte Bierlein (German: [bʁiˈɡɪtə ˈbiːɐ̯laɪ̯n]; born 25 June 1949) is an Austrian jurist who served as Chancellor of Austria from June 2019 to January 2020. An Independent, she was the advocate general of the Procurator's Office – essentially the country's chief public prosecutor – from 1990 to 2002, as well as a member of the executive board of the International Association of Prosecutors from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, Bierlein was made a member of the Constitutional Court. Between January 2018 and June 2019, she served as President of the Constitutional Court, the first woman to hold the position.

Following the Ibiza affair, President Alexander Van der Bellen named Bierlein Chancellor of Austria, after a parliamentary motion of no confidence dismissed the first government of Sebastian Kurz, the first successful motion of no confidence in Austrian modern history. She was the first woman to assume the role and to served until the next government led by Kurz was sworn in following the legislative election which took place on September 29, 2019.[1]

Early life

Brigitte Bierlein was born on 25 June 1949 in Vienna during the Allied occupation of Austria.[2] Her father was a civil servant. Her mother, trained as an artist, was a homemaker.[3] She was educated at the Gymnasium Kundmanngasse, from which she graduated in 1967.[2] Bierlein originally wanted to study either art or architecture and came close to joining the University of Applied Arts.[4] However, she ultimately chose to study law instead, partly on the advice of her mother and partly because she did not want to be a financial burden on her parents any longer than necessary.[3][5][6] Bierlein enrolled at the University of Vienna, receiving her doctorate of law in 1971.[2]

Other Languages
беларуская: Брыгітэ Бірляйн
hornjoserbsce: Brigitte Bierlein
Bahasa Indonesia: Brigitte Bierlein
Lëtzebuergesch: Brigitte Bierlein
Bahasa Melayu: Brigitte Bierlein
Nederlands: Brigitte Bierlein
português: Brigitte Bierlein
Simple English: Brigitte Bierlein
српски / srpski: Брижит Биерлејн
українська: Брігітте Бірляйн
Tiếng Việt: Brigitte Bierlein