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Professor Hazel Genn

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Law, Politics and International Studies, Social Work and Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies

Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE

Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University College London


Dame Hazel Genn BA, LLB, LLD is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies 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 and Westfield College, University of London. Before joining London University, she held full-time research posts at Oxford University Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (1974-1985) and the Cambridge Institute of Criminology (1972-74). In January 2006, she was appointed an Inaugural Commissioner of the new Judicial Appointments Commission established under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 and has been a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life since 2003. She has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000, a member of its Council 2001-2004 and was appointed Vice-President of the Academy 2002-2004. In 2005, she was awarded the US Law and Society International Prize for distinguished scholarship and she holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Kingston. She has worked with the Judicial Studies Board for 12 years, serving as a member of the Main Board and the Tribunals Committee, and remaining involved in the design and delivery of training for the judiciary at all levels. She served for eight years as Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council's Research Grants Board.

She has a long-standing research interest in civil justice and has published widely in the field. Consistent with her interest in public use of and experiences of the justice system, she is currently leading a Task Force on Public Legal Education (PLEAS). 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.