Oscar Christian Gundersen

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Oscar Christian "O.C." Gundersen (17 March 1908 in Kristiania – 21 February 1991) was a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.

During his student days he was a member of Mot Dag.[1] Gundersen graduated with the cand.jur. degree in 1931. During Gerhardsen's Second Cabinet he was appointed Minister of Justice and the Police, a post he a year into the new Torp's Cabinet. He left in 1952 and became a Supreme Court Justice the next year. In 1958 he left that position to become Norwegian ambassador to the Soviet Union, a post he held until 1961.[2]

He was then appointed Minister of Trade and Shipping from 1962 to 1963 during the third cabinet Gerhardsen. In August 1963 the cabinet Lyng assumed office, but a fourth cabinet Gerhardsen returned to power a month later. Gundersen was now Minister of Justice and the Police again, a post he held until the fourth cabinet Gerhardsen fell in 1965. He worked as a Supreme Court Justice for the second time, from 1967 to 1977.

From 1970 to 1973 he chaired the committee that delivered the Norwegian Official Report 18/1974, about State Secretaries. The work led to a new §14 and an altered §62 in the Constitution of Norway, leading to State Secretaries being eligible for general election and establishing the role as political. Propositions about granting access for State Secretaries to parliamentary debates without the ability to vote, to which Gundersen agreed, failed.


  1. Bull, Trygve (1987). Mot Dag og Erling Falk (in Norwegian) (4th ed.). Oslo: Cappelen. p. 212.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Oscar Christian Gundersen" (in Norwegian). Stortinget.no.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
Johan Cappelen
Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police
Succeeded by
Kai Knudsen
Preceded by
Arne Skaug
Norwegian Minister of Trade and Shipping
Succeeded by
Kåre Willoch
Preceded by
Petter Mørch Koren
Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police
Succeeded by
Elisabeth Schweigaard Selmer
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Erik Braadland
Norwegian ambassador to the Soviet Union
Succeeded by
Frithjof Jacobsen