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 - Report Published (2020)

2) The system of Private Prosecutions


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28 May 20


New Blog: Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990, and Cyber-Up


Dr Laura Noszlopy, CLRNN Network Facilitator, introduces the new Cyber-Up campaign of the NCC Cyber Securities Group.

Check it out here



18 Mar 20

Open Projects Meeting Postponed


Due to the Covid-19 shutdown, the open projects meeting has been postponed. Please continue to forward any proposals to us for discussion, but the projects meeting will now take place at a later date (tbc). 


06 Mar 20


New Projects Open Meeting


We invite proposals for a new CLRNN Project to being in 2020 (See Project Process). We encourage you to submit written proposals in advance of the meeting, which can be quite brief, and/or attend in person to discuss which options should be selected.

* PLACE: University of Birmingham, Alan Walters Building, Room 111.

* TIME: 5-7 pm on Monday 27th April 2020.

Following the meeting, the CLRNN Committee will make a final decision on the project, and appoint a Project Lead to co-ordinate.