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Brigitte Zypries

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In office
22 October, 2002 – 27 October, 2009
Preceded by Herta Däubler-Gmelin
Succeeded by Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger

Born November 16, 1953 (1953-11-16) (age 56)
Kassel, Germany
Nationality  Germany
Political party Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

Brigitte Zypries (born November 16, 1953, in Kassel, Germany) is a German politician. She was Federal Minister of Justice of Germany from 2002 to 2009. She is member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).



Zypries studied law in Gießen from 1972 to 1977, and took her first legal state exam in 1978. Then followed in-service training in the regional court district of Gießen, and in 1980 the second state exam. Until 1985 she worked at Gießen University.

  • 1985—1988: Assistant Head of Division at State Chancellery of Hesse.
  • 1988—1990: Member of academic staff at the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.
  • 1991: Head of Division of the State Chancellery of Lower Saxony.
  • 1995—1997: Head of Department of the State Chancellery of Lower Saxony.
  • to 1998: Active in the Ministry for Women, Labour and Social Affairs of Lower Saxony.
  • 1998—2002: State Secretary.
  • November 1998 to October 2002: Active in the Federal Ministry of the Interior. From September 1999 Chair of the State Secretary Committee for the management of the Federal Government programme "Modern State — Modern Administration".
  • 23 October, 2002—27 October, 2009: Federal Minister of Justice.


On 3 June, 2007, Zypries caused some controversy by saying at a meeting of G8 justice ministers in Munich that it should be assumed that missing British child Madeleine McCann was abducted by a gang that passes on children to be abused.[1]

In the case of Richard Williamson, she said that the German government was willing to press charges against the bishop if he did not clearly retract his comments.


  1. ^ "Madeleine paedophile gang theory 'is likely'". The Scotsman. 2007-06-03.  

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