Dr George Hyzler, Commissioner for Standards in Public Life
George Hyzler graduated with a doctorate in law from the University of Malta in 1979 and obtained a Diploma in European Integration from the University of Amsterdam in 1980.
Dr Hyzler was a founding partner of the firm GVZH Advocates (initially GVTH Advocates), from which he retired following his appointment by unanimous resolution of the House of Representatives as its first Commissioner for Standards in Public Life on 30 October 2018. In his legal profession he practised mainly in commercial and civil law, predominantly in the field of corporate law. He has sat on the board of directors of a number of private and state-owned companies.
He has served as president of the Chamber of Advocates, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Malta Arbitration Centre, member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, member of the Commission for the Administration of Justice, member of the Judicial Appointments Committee, chairman and member of the Committee for Advocates of the Commission for the Administration of Justice, and Non-Resident High Commissioner of Malta to the Republic of South Africa.
He is a former member of Parliament (1995–2003) and served as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry for Economic Services (1999–2003).
He also served as president of the Student Representative Council and he was a student member on the board of the Faculty of Laws and on the University Council.
A very keen sportsman with a passion for football, Dr Hyzler participated in various sport disciplines at national youth level including waterpolo, basketball, volleyball and athletics, having held national records in the high-jump.
He has four children and three grand-children and is married to Dr Giannella de Marco.
The office of the Commissioner
The Standards Commissioner is served by a small office headed by a Director General and including also, as key members of staff, an Assistant Director (Research and Communications), an Investigator and an Office Manager.
The office shares a building in St Paul Street, Valletta, with the office of the Ombudsman.
The logo of the office
The logo of the Commissioner’s office is an image of one of the projections on the facade of the Parliament building in Freedom Square, Valletta. The image is a cropped and edited version of a photograph which was taken late on a winter’s day, when the setting sun was almost in line with the facade of the building and the light was picking out the projections.
The logo represents the close relationship between the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life and Parliament, in that members of Parliament are subject to the Commissioner’s scrutiny and the Commissioner in turn reports to Parliament’s Standing Committee for Standards in Public Life.
The logo was developed in-house by the office of the Commissioner. It was the Commissioner’s own idea that a detail from the Parliament building should be used as a logo, and the photo was shot and edited by the Director General in his office.
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