Criminal Law Reform Now Network

Launched in 2017 and partly funded by the AHRC, the mission of the Criminal Law Reform Now Network (CLRN Network) is to facilitate collaboration between academics and other legal experts to gather and disseminate comprehensible proposals for criminal law reform to the wider community. We include members of the public and mainstream media as well as legal professionals, police, policymakers and politicians. Our proposals might require legislation but we do not restrict ourselves to such projects. Reforms which public bodies such as the Home Office, Police or CPS can bring about by internal policies interest us, as do reforms which require the support of some of the judiciary, bearing in mind the proper judicial constraints on law making. We are ready to consult with and make suggestions to anyone who has the power to bring about reform.


Our projects focus on:

1) The Computer Misuse Act 1990 - Report Published (2020)

2) The system of Private Prosecutions

3) Consent and Deception

4) The Regulation of Drugs


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23 Oct 20


Dr Melissa Bone joins the CLRNN Committee


We are pleased to confirm that Dr Melissa Bone (University of Leicester) has joined the Network Committee. Melissa will take a leading role on the upcoming 'Drugs Project'; as well as lender her expertise across all ongoing projects. We look forward to working with her. 


12 Oct 20


Consent and Deception Project Launch Event


Register now for the launch event of our new project on Consent and Deception. One hour online event. 

When: Monday 23rd November, 4:30-5:30pm

SpeakersMr Paul Jarvis (Project Lead, 6KBW and CLRNN Committee Member): Outlining the scope and structure for the new project, including details on how members of the Network can contribute; Ms Sandra Paul (Partner at Kingsley Napley): Discussing the current law relating to consent and deception, setting out the legal and human 'problem' the project is designed to address.


09 Oct 20


New Projects on Sexual Deception and the Regulation of Drugs


Following open consultation and a very useful scrutiny meeting on the 21st September, we are pleased to announce that the CLRN Network will take on two new projects:


  1. Deception and Sexual Consent (proposed by Paul Jarvis). This project will start immediately, and will be led by Paul Jarvis. We will shortly announce an online open launch event to discuss the scope of the project in November 2020.
  2. Drugs Regulation (proposed by Rudi Fortson QC). This project will start later in 2021, and will be co-led by a small expert team. The initial launch and scoping event will take place around September 2021, and we welcome preliminary views and/or expressions of interest in advance of this.  


We would like to thank all those who took time to propose new project ideas, as well as those who provided expert feedback at (and around) our scrutiny event. We also take this opportunity to remind everyone about our recently completed project on Computer Misuse, and our ongoing project on Private Prosecutions, both of which you can read about at The founding ideals of the Network were about the facilitation of expert collaboration and open access reporting, and it is great to see these being realised across a series of excellent and impactful works.