OECD Global Forum: Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy


Sam Tanson


Minister of Justice


Sam Tanson was born on 4 April 1977 in Luxembourg. Education and qualifications Following her classical secondary school studies at Lycée Robert Schuman, Sam Tanson obtained a law degree at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in the year 2000. She continued her studies at the Institut d’études politiques in Paris, where she received her degree in 2002. In 2008, she pursued a master’s II degree by correspondence in environmental law from the University of Limoges. Governmental posts Following the legislative elections of 14 October 2018, Sam Tanson joined the government as Minister for Culture and Minister for Housing on 5 December 2018 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (déi gréng). Following a government reshuffle, Sam Tanson was appointed Minister of Justice on 11 October 2019. She handed over the Housing portfolio while keeping the Culture portfolio. Other political posts A member of the Green Party since 2005, Sam Tanson has occupied several political positions in her party during her political career. She was the spokesperson for déi jonk gréng (the youth wing of the Green Party) from 2006 to 2007, for the Green Party between 2009 and 2010 and president of the party from 2010 to 2015. At local level, Sam Tanson was elected for the first time to the municipal council of the City of Luxembourg in 2011, at the age of 34 years. In 2013, she was nominated first alderman of the City of Luxembourg and was in charge of finance and mobility. She occupied this position until 2017. She was re-elected as communal councillor during the communal elections of 2017. From 2015 to 2018, she was a member of the Council of State. Following the resignation of Claude Adam from the Chamber of Deputies, Sam Tanson became Member of Parliament for the first time in April 2018. At the parliament, she assumed, among others, the chairmanship of the Legal Committee. She was re-elected in the legislative elections of 2018. Professional activities From 2002 until 2004, Sam Tanson was a journalist with RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg. From 2005 until her appointment to the government, Sam Tanson was enlisted as an attorney-at-law at the Luxembourg Bar.

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