Dame Hazel Genn is Dean of Laws and Co-Director of the UCL Judicial Institute in the Faculty of Laws at University College London, where she is also an Honorary Fellow. She previously held a Chair and was Head of the Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. From April 2006 to January 2012 she was a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life 2003-7.
She has worked with the Judicial Studies Board for over 15 years. She is a leading authority on civil justice and dispute resolution and has published widely in the field. In 2008 she delivered the Hamlyn Lectures on the subject of civil justice (published by Cambridge University Press in November 2009 entitled Judging Civil Justice).
Dame Hazel’s research has focused on the experiences of citizens and businesses caught up in legal problems and the responsiveness of the justice system to those needs. Her original studies have had a major influence on policy-makers around the world and she is regularly invited to lecture and provide advice abroad.
In recognition of her work on civil justice, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000 and appointed DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2006. In 2006 she was also appointed Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa and in 2008 was elected an Honorary Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn.