Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The future for hate crime policy in England and Wales - the Law Commission’s consultation, prosecution and enforcement, and support for key stakeholders

Morning, Thursday, 12th March 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


Areas for discussion at this conference include the future scope of hate crime legislation and its enforcement along with the new Government’s commitment to introducing online harms legislation to protect children and vulnerable adults from digital threats as outlined in the Queen’s Speech.


We also expect attendees to consider wider related issues, including prevention strategies and support for those affected by hate crime.


It will take place at the time that the Law Commission is due to conduct its consultation on the adequacy of protection offered by hate crime legislation and will be considering potential extensions of protected characteristics.


The seminar follows the most recent Home Office data on recorded hate crime incidence, which showed a 10% year-on-year rise overall, with specific surges in the number of incidents relating to disability, sexual orientation, and anti-Semitism.


There will be keynote contributions from: Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor, and Hate Crime Champion, Crown Prosecution Service and a senior speaker confirmed from the Law Commission.


Further speakers include: Josh Bradlow, Head of Policy, Stonewall; Professor Neil Chakraborti, Head of School and Professor, Criminology, School of Criminology, University of Leicester; Lucy Jaffe, Director, Why me? Victims for Restorative Justice and Danny Stone, Chief Executive, Antisemitism Policy Trust.


The agenda

  • The Law Commission’s consultation on hate crime legislation;
  • Hate crime law: an international perspective;
  • Protected characteristics in law - assessing the current position, treatment of ‘aggravated offences’, and options for extending legislation;
  • Prosecution of hate crime - improving conviction rates, evidence gathering, and alternative approaches to sentencing;
  • Next steps for the enforcement and prevention - victim support, improving awareness, and educational priorities; and
  • Hate Crime policy moving forward - options for reform following the review.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Legal Policy Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Attorney General’s Office; Crown Prosecution Office; DfE; Government Equalities Office; Ministry of Justice; Sentencing Council and West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.



Keynote Speaker

Chris Long

Chief Crown Prosecutor and Hate Crime Champion, Crown Prosecution Service

Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from the Law Commission

Chris Long

Chief Crown Prosecutor and Hate Crime Champion, Crown Prosecution Service

Speakers

Lucy Jaffe

Director, Why me? Victims for Restorative Justice

Andy Fearn

Co-Executive Director, Head of Learning and Outreach, Protection Approaches

Josh Bradlow

Head of Policy, Stonewall

Professor Neil Chakraborti

Head of School and Professor, Criminology, School of Criminology, University of Leicester