Distinguished Speakers Program: Professor Dame Hazel Genn QC

19 April 2012


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Access to justice

The lecture will discuss recent proposals for fundamental change to the Legal Aid system in England & Wales in the context of constrained resources, the increasing cost of the criminal justice system and developments in civil justice policy.

The lecture will reflect on access to justice principles and speculate on the social and legal impact of the proposed changes. The lecture will also discuss the way in which discourse and policy on mediation is being used to support and justify the withdrawal of public funding from civil justice.

Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE, QC (Hon).

Dame Hazel Genn is Dean of Laws and Co-Director of the UCL Judicial Institute 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, University of London. Since April 2006 she has been a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life 2003-7. She has worked with the Judicial Studies Board for over 15 years. She is a leading authority on civil justice and dispute resolution and has published widely in the field. In 2008 she delivered the Hamlyn Lectures on the subject of civil justice (published by Cambridge University Press in November 2009 entitled Judging Civil Justice). Dame Hazel's research has focused on the experiences of citizens and businesses caught up in legal problems and the responsiveness of the justice system to those needs. Her original studies have had a major influence on policy-makers around the world and she is regularly invited to lecture and provide advice abroad. 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. In 2006 she was also appointed Queen's Counsel Honoris Causa and in 2008 was elected an Honorary Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn.

Time: Register from 5.30pm for 6-7pm lecture, followed by cocktail reception.

Location: Sydney Law School, Common Room, level 4, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: $25 full fee; $20 SLS alumni: $10 USyd students

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