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

TO BE PUBLISHED March 2020


This conference will be an opportunity for key stakeholders and policymakers to discuss priorities for the new government - with heightened public and political focus on this area of policy.


The conference takes place as the Law Commission prepares to launch its consultation on the adequacy of protection offered by hate crime legislation and consider potential extensions of protected characteristics.


With initial work by the Law Commission, underway the seminar will include a keynote address from Professor Penney Lewis, the Commissioner leading on this work.


Delegates will discuss the future scope of hate crime legislation and its enforcement - including the 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.


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;
  • Professor Penney Lewis, Commissioner for Criminal Law, The Law Commission; and
  • His Excellency Mr Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Ambassador, Embassy of Iceland in London.

Further speakers include: Josh Bradlow, Stonewall; Professor Neil Chakraborti, University of Leicester; Andy Fearn, Protection Approaches; Lucy Jaffe, Why me? Victims for Restorative Justice; Ramya Nagesh, No 5 Chambers and Danny Stone, Antisemitism Policy Trust.


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 Service; DfE; Government Equalities Office; Government Legal Department; Home Office; HMPPS; MoJ; Ofcom; Sentencing Council; Welsh Government and West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.


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;
  • Enforcement and prevention - victim support, improving awareness, and educational priorities; and
  • Hate Crime policy - options for reform following the review.


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates