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 current projects focus on:

1) The Computer Misuse Act 1990

2) The system of Private Prosecutions




16 May 19

Computer Misuse Act Scrutiny Event


Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our scrutiny event on the 7th May. We are now in the process of gathering final comments and edits to feed back to the chapter authors. Please look out for the launch of our final report in January 2020. 


09 Apr 19


Computer Misuse Act Project


Scrutiny Symposium on the 7th May 2019, at the University of Birmingham.

Click the link on the right for details and registration.


04 Dec 18


Part-Time Job Opportunity working with the Network


We are advertising for a Network Facilitator to work with the CLRNN Committee - coordinating across the projects; assisting with research events, and engaging with our target reform audiences. The position is a fractional 0.2 contract (one day a week), with the potential for flexible and remote working.  


Follow this link for full details and to APPLY.


For more information, contact Dr John Child (CLRNN Co-Director) -