This conference will review criminal justice developments across the UK since the June 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.

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About the conference

This is the third annual UK Justice Policy Review event.

Last year’s conference – Criminal Justice since 2015 – examined criminal justice developments between the 2015 General Election and the Brexit referendum. This year’s conference picks up the story, looking at developments between the Brexit vote of June 2016 and the 2017 General Election.

It will look at criminal justice developments across the three UK criminal justice jurisdictions of England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.


During the course of the day the conference will consider a number of related issues:

  • The main criminal justice developments across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The politics of law and order across the UK. The big developments, or the big challenges, to look out for.
  • The challenge of achieving small, but important, victories. From stop and search to deaths in custody, from joint enterprise convictions to the criminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland, why does it often appear so difficult to sustain meaningful progress in key policy areas?
  • The challenge of achieving lasting and ambitious reform. From high prison populations to drug law reform; from genuinely accountable policing to rethinking our notions of justice, the conference will explore some of the big justice questions of our day.
  • The big data challenge. The conference will be showcasing some of the most promising new data-driven approaches to the justice system and the problem of crime and victimisation.

The ideas and experiences of the audience will be as important as those of the expert panellists we have convened, with opportunities for audience participation and engagement throughout the course of the day.

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9:00 Registration and morning refreshments
9.45 Welcome and introduction
  Charlotte Weinberg, Chair of Trustees, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
10:00  Panel session: What’s been going on in crime and justice across the UK?
  Chair: Danny Shaw, BBC Radio

Panellists to include:
  • Chris Marshall, The Scotsman
  • Allison Morris, The Irish News
  • Harvey Redgrave, Crest Advisory and former deputy director at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit
11:30 Break
11:45 Panel session: Lessons from attempts to achieve real and lasting reform
  Chair: Richard Garside, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

  • Carson Arthur, StopWatch
  • Goretti Horgan, University of Ulster
  • Gloria Morrison, JENGbA
  • Rebecca Roberts, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Can big data help us to understand criminal justice challenges?
  Chair: Richard Garside, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Panellists to include:
  • Savas Hadjipavlou, Justice Episteme
3:00 Break
3:15 Panel session: What are the big criminal justice challenges looking ahead?
  Chair: Richard Garside, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

  • Suresh Grover, The Monitoring Group
  • Danny Kushlick, Transform
  • Sarah Lamble, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Kate Paradine, Women in Prison
4:30 Concluding reflections
  Charlotte Weinberg, Chair of Trustees, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
4:45 Close, refreshments and networking

Who should attend?

This conference will be of interest to all those who are keen to understand recent UK criminal justice developments and to gain insights into what the future holds. In particular, it will be of interest to:

  • Policy makers, opinion formers, advocates and campaigners.
  • Those working for criminal justice agencies, private and third sector organisations.
  • Researchers, academics and students.

About UK Justice Policy Review

For several years, the UK Justice Policy Review team at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has been assessing year-on-year developments in criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Now in its seventh year, each annual UK Justice Policy Review report combines analysis of the main developments in policing, courts, prisons, probation and other areas of criminal justice, with detailed data sections covering the main facts, figures and trends.

UK Justice Policy Review is required reading for anyone looking for an accessible overview of criminal justice developments across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Conference attendees will receive a free copy of the sixth edition of UK Justice Policy Review, due out in May 2017.

Event fee

We are asking for a minimum £7.50 donation on booking. But all are welcome to attend, regardless of income.

If you would like to attend but do not feel able to offer a donation, please email us at We will do our best to accommodate you.

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June 28th, 2017 9:00 AM to  5:00 PM
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH
United Kingdom
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Phone: 020 7840 6110
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