Prominent Law professor and Government advisor to deliver free public lecture at University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Dec 02, 2011 11:45 AM |
Professor Dame Hazel Genn will review the new selection process for judges, which she helped to implement five years ago

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 30 November 2011

Leading civil justice expert Professor Dame Hazel Genn will give a free public lecture at the University of Leicester on Thursday 1 December. She will deliver the annual Jan Grodecki School of Law Lecture at 5.30pm in the Ken Edwards Building Lecture Theatre 1.

Professor Genn was an inaugural member of the Judicial Appointments Commission, which revolutionised the way judges are appointed in England and Wales when it was set up five years ago. Professor Genn's talk, entitled 'A New System of Appointing Judges: The First Five Years', will review how the new process has worked.

The event is free and open to the public, and provides a unique opportunity to learn about these historic changes from a scholar and government advisor who was intimately involved in the process.

Professor Genn received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Leicester in 2007.

Mr Paul K Wysocki, who organised the talk, said: "The School is always delighted to welcome back an honorary graduate but especially so in the case of Professor Dame Hazel Genn who has been so active and influential within her field. The lecture promises to be an absorbing insider’s view on the new judicial appointments system and its progression from theory to practice."

For hundreds of years, High Court judges in England and Wales were appointed by the Sovereign on the personal recommendation of the Lord Chancellor. Following the Constitutional Reform Act of 2005, the appointment process was made more democratic and transparent, and is now carried out by the Judicial Appointments Commission. Professor Genn sat on the first Judicial Appointments Commission in 2006 and remains a lay member to this day.

The Judicial Appointments Commission was set up with the aim of making judges and legal professionals more independent of central government, and making the appointments process clearer and more accountable. Establishing the Commission was an important step forward towards enshrining the independence of the judiciary in law.

Professor Genn is currently Dean of Laws at University College London and is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life from 2003 - 2007. She was made a Dame in 2006.

The lecture, 'A New System of Appointing Judges: The First Five Years' will take place on Thursday 1 December at 5.30pm in the Ken Edwards Building Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leicester. The event is free and open to the public. For further details or to reserve your place, please contact: Mr Paul K Wysocki in the School of Law,, 0116 252 3454.


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For further information please contact Mr Paul K Wysocki on 0116 252 3454 or by email on   

Further information about the JAC is available on their website:

A full biography of Professor Dame Hazel Genn is provided by UCL:

Professor Genn's response to her Honorary Doctorate from the University:

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