Criminal Law Reform Now Network

Launched in 2017, 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.

 

We are grateful to have received funding for our network and individual projects through the AHRC (Network Grant); the University of Sussex; the University of Birmingham and the University of Cambridge.   

 

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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News

11 May 21

 

Computer Misuse Act - Home Office Review

 

We welcome news that the Government has decided to review the Computer Misuse Act 1990 - https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/computer-misuse-act-1990-call-for-information. We continue to advocate the reforms we recommended in our 2020 Report, and we hope this latest move in government will be a significant step on the path to constructive reform. 

 

27 Apr 21

 

Criminal Law Reform Now Conference - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

 

If you could change one thing about the criminal law, what would it be? In collaboration with the Law Commission and its 14th Programme of Law Reform Consultation, the CLRNN will host a reform conference showcasing the best ideas in criminal law reform. See full details of the call for abstracts here

 

01 Apr 21

 

New Blog Post: Rogers, 'Private Prosecutions – Scissors and Scythe'

 

Click here for our latest blog post, where Dr Jonathan Rogers (CLRNN Director and Private Prosecution Project Lead) discusses the Ministry of Justice response to the Justice Committee Report on Private Prosecutions.   

 

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