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. In early 2016 he helped to organize a series of seminars on the implications of Brexit, and is currently trying to raise funding for an independent Referendums Commission.
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.