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*** Call for abstracts now closed. Details on the conference to follow ***


Criminal Law Reform Now Conference - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS


If you could change one thing in the criminal law, what would it be? 

Speakers at the CLRN Conference will present and explore ten different answers to this question, showcasing important ideas for criminal law reform from across academia and legal practice. Organised in collaboration with the Law Commission, conference proposals will be provided to the Commission as consultation responses for its 14th Programme of Law Reform; as well as feeding into our three day conference and planned collection to follow. 


Conference Format - On the first day of the conference (Friday, 3rd September)  each speaker present their proposals back-to-back to a general audience in 15 min slots. This will be 'live streamed' between 3-8pm, in a virtual format, to a generalist audience. The second and third days of the conference (Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th September) will narrow to full day round-table scrutiny of each proposal in turn, led by nominated respondents. The round-table sessions will be hybrid, allowing participants to attend in person (University of Birmingham) or virtually as they prefer.


Call for Abstracts - If you would like to be one of the speakers, please send CLRNN Director Dr John Child ( your abstract of c.250 words, outlining the reform proposal that you would like to present. The deadline for abstracts is Monday 31st May 2021. We are keen to attract a diverse range of speakers in terms of demographic, career stage, and proposal type, so please do not hesitate in submitting your ideas. We will come back to you in early June to confirm our final line-up.  


Commitment: When submitting an abstract for consideration, please note the following commitments on acceptance:


  • Pre-conference Briefs: Speakers will provide a ‘conference brief’ for their proposal – c.2000 words – by 16th July 2021. The briefs will be collated and submitted by us to the Law Commission to meet their July consultation deadline. They will also be used for the conference; pre-circulated to round-table participants and respondents. 
  • Conference Dates: We expect all speakers to be available for first day of the conference on the 3rd September (between 3-8pm), and at least one day of the roundtable sessions on the 6-7th September (between 10-4pm).
  • Edited Collection: Following the conference, we will bring the proposals (and responses) together into an edited collection with Hart - subject to finalisation of the contract. We will ask speakers to develop their proposals into book chapters (c.8-10,000 words) by September 2022.         


Please contact Dr John Child ( with any questions. Note that we hosted a similar conference (see here) with the Law Commission for its 13th Programme in 2016, and the materials from this can help explain what we are looking for. See too the edited collection which resulted from the Conference (here).  


We are grateful to have received funding from the Society of Legal Scholars to support the event.