George Wegner Paus

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George Wegner Paus

George Wegner Paus (14 October 1882 – 22 December 1923), often known as George Paus, was a Norwegian lawyer and Director at the Norwegian Employers' Confederation.[1] As such, he played an important role in labour issues in Norway and in the development of Norwegian labour law from the early 20th century. He participated in the establishment of the International Labour Organization in 1919 as a representative of the Norwegian government and was a member of governmental committees.[2]


George Wegner Paus photographed around 1900 by Gustav Borgen

He graduated with the cand.jur. degree at The Royal Frederick's in 1904. After briefly working as a barrister with his own practice in Oslo, he was consular secretary at the newly established Norwegian consulate in Chicago from 1905 to 1907.

In 1907, he was employed as Secretary, effectively general counsel, at the newly founded Norwegian Employers' Confederation, becoming its second management-level employee and its first lawyer. In 1918 he became Director.[3] He was part of the Norwegian delegation at the conference that established the International Labour Organization in 1919, together with Johan Castberg and others.[2][4]

Paus was one of the most active mountaineers in Norway around 1900 with several first ascents. He also wrote poetry.[5]


He was a son of the theologian Bernhard Pauss and Anna Henriette Wegner. He was a brother of the surgeon and humanitarian Nikolai Nissen Paus and of the industrial leader Augustin Paus, and a grandson of the industrialist Benjamin Wegner. He was named for his uncle, the supreme court advocate George Mygind Wegner (1847–1881), who in turn was named for the former British consul in Oslo and family friend, George Mygind (died 1844).


  1. ^ Paus, in Store Norske Leksikon, 4th ed., 2005–2007
  2. ^ a b Erling Petersen, Norsk arbeidsgiverforening : 1900–1950, Grøndahl, 1950
  3. ^ Magnus Mardal, "Paus, George Wegner," Norges prokuratorer, sakførere og advokater 1660–1905 : biografiske oplysninger, vol. 3, part 2, AA–F, p. 422
  4. ^ "Dødsfald: George Paus". Aftenposten. 28 December 1923. p. 2.
  5. ^ Studentene fra 1900 : biografiske oplysninger samlet til 25-aars-jubilæet 1925, p. 271–272, Grøndahl & Søn, 1925

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