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 Jan 20


Photos from the Launch of our first Report - Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990

Thanks to Victoria Beddoes, University of Birmingham


22 Jan 20


Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990 - Full Report and Summary


Today we launch our first project report, with executive summary and full report available here open access. Please contact Dr John Child ( with any comments or questions, and follow the launch via #CMAReform.  


10 Dec 19


Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990 - Report Launch


Our first project report - Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990 - will launch at Westminster 22nd Jan 2020. The report and exec summary will also be available on our website Thanks to all our contributors, across academia, legal practice and industry!