UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws welcomes new Dean Professor Piet Eeckhout

1 August 2017

Piet Eeckhout

UCL Laws welcomes Professor Piet Eeckhout to his new post as Dean of the Faculty. Professor Eeckhout commenced his role on 1 August 2017, succeeding Professor Dame Hazel Genn after nine years in the role.

Professor Piet Eeckhout said:

‘I am thrilled to have been appointed as the next Dean of UCL Laws. It is such a superb Faculty with brilliant colleagues. It is an enormous privilege to lead and to serve UCL Laws’ outstanding projects in these global uncertain times. The institution is in a fantastic shape, not least because of the efforts by our former Dean, Professor Dame Hazel Genn. I am deeply grateful for the trust put in me, and for the immense support by colleagues, and especially by my family. Together we can build an even greater institution!’

Professor Eeckhout is Professor of EU Law at UCL Laws and Academic Director of the UCL European Institute. He joined UCL in 2012, before which he was Director of the Centre of European Law at King’s College London (1998-2012). Before coming to London in 1998 he taught at the University of Ghent and at the University of Brussels (VUB). Between 1994 and 1998 he worked in the chambers of Advocate General Jacobs at the European Court of Justice.

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost, said:

‘I am delighted that Professor Piet Eeckhout has been appointed to be our next Dean of UCL Laws. Piet is a distinguished academic leader here at UCL, and an internationally renowned figure in European Law.

Piet was previously Deputy-Dean and Vice-Dean (Staffing) of UCL Laws and it is wonderful to see internal applicants compete effectively against an internationally competitive field and win the position. Like all of UCL, the Faculty of Laws is a tremendous academic powerhouse and I am delighted that it will continue to be led by an exceptional individual. My congratulations and best wishes to Piet and to UCL Laws.’

Professor Dame Hazel Genn, former Dean of UCL Laws, will undertake new and existing research and teaching, and will continue as Director of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice, and Co-Director of the UCL Judicial Institute.