Brigitte Bierlein

Brigitte Bierlein
Chancellor of Austria
Assumed office
3 June 2019
PresidentAlexander Van der Bellen
DeputyClemens Jabloner
Preceded bySebastian Kurz
President of the Constitutional Court
In office
23 February 2018 – 3 June 2019
Nominated byKurz 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 69)
Vienna, Allied-occupied Austria
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of Vienna

Brigitte Bierlein (German: [bʁiˈɡɪtə ˈbiːɐ̯laɪ̯n]; born 25 June 1949) is an Austrian jurist and politician, who has been serving as the chancellor of Austria since 3 June 2019. She is the first woman to hold the position. She was the advocate general of the Procurator's Office – essentially the country's chief public prosecutor – from 1990 to 2002, and 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 has served as its president, the first woman to hold this position.

Following the Ibiza affair, Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen named Bierlein chancellor on 30 May 2019, after a parliamentary motion of no confidence dismissed the government of Sebastian Kurz, the first successful motion of no confidence in Austrian modern history. She is the first woman in this role in Austria and is expected to serve until the next government is sworn in after the upcoming national elections, which are slated to take place no later than September 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]

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