Robert Hazell CBE
Professor Robert Hazell is Professor of Government and the Constitution at University College London. He founded the Constitution Unit at UCL in 1995 as an independent think-tank specializing in constitutional reform. The Unit has published detailed reports on every aspect of Britain's constitutional reform programme: devolution, the Human Rights Act, parliamentary reform, Lords reform, freedom of information, referendums and electoral reform.
Prof Hazell’s last three books have been on the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition; Special Advisers; and the Politics of Judicial Independence. As Director of the Constitution Unit he set up the Independent Commission on Proportional Representation, of which he was then Vice Chair, which reviewed Britain’s experience of proportional voting systems, published in their report Changed Voting Changed Politics in 2003.
Before founding the Constitution Unit he had three previous careers: as a barrister (1973-75), a civil servant in the Home Office (1975-89), and Director of the Nuffield Foundation (1989-95). His successor as Director of the Constitution Unit is Professor Meg Russell.
In 2006 he was awarded the CBE for his services to constitutional reform.