Term 13.02.2023 to 12.02.2026

Dame Hazel Genn is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in the Faculty of Laws at UCL and Pro-Provost Bicentennial. She was Dean of the Faculty 2008-2017 and is Director of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice, which she founded in 2013. She is a leading empirical legal researcher and expert on access to civil and administrative justice. Her work has had a global influence on policymakers in relation to the provision of legal aid and the social and health effects of unmet legal need.  Between 2016-2018 she developed the activities of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice to include an innovative partnership with a GP practice in East London delivering free social welfare legal advice to low income and vulnerable patients within the practice. She is currently Directing a National Strategy for Health Justice Partnership, funded by The Legal Education Foundation. She has been appointed to numerous public service roles concerned with the justice system, including the Judicial Appointments Commission (2006-2011).   She was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life 2003-7.  She served for eight years as Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council's Research Grants Board. She has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000 and was Vice President and Chair of its Communications and Publications Committee 2008-11. In recognition of her contribution to the justice system, she was awarded a CBE in 2000 and appointed DBE in 2006. In 2006 she was also appointed Queen's Counsel Honoris Causa and in 2008 she was elected Honorary Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn.