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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02 May 22


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


The deadline for consultation responses has now passed. Many thanks to all those who have submitted responses. The CLRNN will now - over the coming month - finalise our recommendations for reform, to be published within our Report later in 2022.


29 Apr 22


CLRNN 4 - The Regulation of Drugs - Scoping Event


Many thanks to the panel of experts attending our scoping event today for our new project on the Regulation of Drugs. It was great to hear about lots of exciting research and policy work, and to discuss where our CLRNN project can provide most assistance. Project Lead - Dr Melissa Bone - and the CLRNN Committee will be publishing our project framework document later in 2022, setting out the aims of the new project. Please get in touch with our Network Facilitation Dr Laura Noszlopy ( for more information and/or to get involved. 



03 Mar 22


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


Please remember to respond to our latest consultation - 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.