He was educated at West Bromwich Wesleyan School and King Edward's School, Birmingham before going to study Classics and Law at Jesus College, Oxford. He graduated with first-class honours and won the Eldon Law Scholarship. He was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1898, and was appointed to a Fellowship in Law at Jesus College in the same year. He was MP for West Bromwich between 1906 (when the Liberal Party won a large majority) and January 1910 (when the Liberal Party lost 125 seats, including West Bromwich). Hazel himself lost his seat by just four votes, after a recount.
He was Reader in Constitutional Law at the Inns of Court from 1910 to 1926. In 1915, he also became University Lecturer on Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence at Oxford, a position he held until 1922, when he was appointed All Souls Reader in English Law (until 1933). Between 1915 and 1919, he was Deputy Controller in the Priority Department of the Ministry of Munitions. In 1918, he was awarded the CBE. In 1925, he was appointed Principal of Jesus College, and in 1930 he was made a KC. He was also Recorder of Burton-on-Trent between 1912 and 1938. Some accommodation for students at Jesus College is now named after Hazel.
- Historical list of MPs
- "HAZEL, Alfred Ernest William (d. 1944)". Who Was Who (subscription access). A&C Black (Publishers) Ltd. January 2007. Archived from the original on 30 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
- North, Sir Peter (2001). "College Notes and News". The Jesus College Record: 6.
- "Addresses of Jesus College Properties". Jesus College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Alfred Hazel
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