UCL News


Professor Dame Hazel Genn new Dean of UCL Laws

22 September 2008

The UCL (University College London) Faculty of Laws has announced the appointment of Professor Dame Hazel Genn as the new Dean of the Faculty for a five-year term.

The Faculty of Laws at UCL is recognised as having one of the top research departments of law in the United Kingdom, rated in the highest category for both research (5*A) and teaching (excellent). Dame Hazel Genn is currently Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and co-director of the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies in the UCL Law Faculty.  She previously held a Chair and was Head of the Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. 

Before joining London University, she held research posts at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and the Cambridge Institute of Criminology.  She is a distinguished empirical legal researcher and expert in access to justice and dispute resolution.  She has served on many public bodies, including the Committee on Standards in Public Life, and in 2006 was appointed an Inaugural Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission.

Dame Hazel said: "I am delighted to be leading UCL Laws at this time. It is a world-class Faculty in one of the world's leading universities. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Laws and in other UCL Faculties to build on our reputation for excellence and innovation in research and teaching and to help address the global challenges of inequality, security, sustainability and identity. I am also keen to strengthen the Faculty's links with the profession in London and enhance the key role that UCL academics have played globally in developing legal policy and practice."