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; the Society of Legal Scholars; the University of Sussex; the University of Birmingham and the University of Cambridge.   


A. Network Conferences and Association

1) The Criminal Law Reform Now Conference

2) Association with the Criminal Law Team at the Law Commission for England and Wales


B. Network Projects  

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

CLRNN 2: The system of Private Prosecutions

CLRNN 3: Consent and Deception

CLRNN 4: The Regulation of Drugs


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13 Dec 21


CLRNN3. Consent and Deception Project: Launch Event Videos


Recordings from the December launch are now available on our YouTube Channel: 


10 Dec 21


CLRNN1 Computer Misuse Project - Sup - Comparative Report: Computer Misuse Act 1990


As part of our ongoing work on the reform of the Computer Misuse Act 1990, today we publish a short supplementary comparative report. The new comparative report focuses, in particular, on the potential for a public interest style defence of the kind we recommended in 2020. The comparative report provides further material to feed into the current Home Office review of the Computer Misuse Act.


30 Nov 21


CLRNN 3 - Reforming the Relationship between Sexual Consent, Deception and Mistake - CONSULTATION


Out NOW! Our new Consultation Report - CLRNN3: Reforming the Relationship between Sexual Consent, Deception and Mistake. Following an introduction from CLRNN Project Lead Paul Jarvis, ten legal experts provide alternative options for reform. The consultation will remain open until 1st April 2022, in which time we are seeking your views on which approach the CLRN Network should adopt and recommend.


We will be hosting an online launch event for the Consultation Report, including short talks from four of the authors, on Wednesday 8th December 3-4:30pm. Details and registration here.