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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21 Sep 20


New Project Open Meeting


Many thanks to all those attending our ‘New Projects Open Meeting’ earlier this afternoon. Each proposal was well made, and the critical discussion was very useful indeed.


The CLRN Network Committee are now left with the difficult task of selecting between the projects. We will take a little time for this, but hope to be able to confirm which within the next few weeks.

20 Jul 20


*** NEW BLOG POST *** 


“Abolition” of the “Rough Sex” Defence: Hurried Legislation and Missed Opportunities

Dr Jonathan Rogers (CLRNN Co-Director)

Quick summary – I share some of the concerns of We Can’t Consent to This, but I do not think that clause 65 of the Domestic Abuse Bill will meet their objectives. I propose two other reforms instead.


14 Jul 20


Evidence to Justice Committee - Private Prosecutions - CLRNN 1 July 2020


In view of our ongoing project on Private Prosecutions, Co-Director and Project Lead Dr Jonathan Rogers was invited to give evidence to the Justice Committee, feeding into their current inquiry. Our written evidence to the Committee (available here), as well as the details provided in oral evidence (available here), will both be discussed at our next open project meeting. Details on the next stages of this project - delayed because of Covid-related venue cancellations - will be updated later in July.