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.   


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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18 Oct 21


CLRNN 3 - Consent and Deception Project - Consultation Launch


We will be launching a consultation on the Consent and Deception Project on Wednesday 1st December. The Consultation Paper and questions will be published on this site (open access).


We will also be marking the launch with a short online event, with presentations on three proposals and a discussion from the project lead. This will take place on the 1st December 3-4:30pm. See here for details and registration.


04 Sep 21


Reform Conference Playback


Many thanks to all those presenting and watching live yesterday! We will crop and publish the individual proposal videos on our YouTube Channel soon, but in the mean time you can watch the full playback here: 


02 Sep 21


Criminal Law Reform Now Conference


Final reminder of our event this Friday (3-7:30pm) - full details here


Watch Live Online (No Registration Required): Presentations will be streamed live on our YouTube channel (*** Any problems accessing the stream, email for technical support ***