On behalf of The Law Commission and The School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London I am delighted to invite you a special symposium:

Hate Crime: The Case for Extending the Existing Offences

Tuesday 17 September 2013

1.30pm to 6.00pm

G O Jones Lecture Theatre

G O Jones Building

Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End Road

LondonE1 4NS

Mile End Campus Map

This event will be followed by a drinks reception to which all attendees are invited.

Places are strictly limited and will be allotted on a first come, first served basis, I would therefore be grateful if you could register as soon as possible, and in any event no later than 2 September 2013.

You can reserve your place here using the password QMLawHateCrime

An invitation is attached, along with a map of the Queen Mary campus.


The symposium forms part of the consultation exercise in the current project examining the case for extending the existing hate crime offences under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Public Order Act 1986, so that all these offences would apply to race, religion, disability, transgender identity and sexual orientation. The consultation paper was published on 27 June and can be accessed here.

The event will bring together around 120 individuals invited because of their expertise and interest in these issues. There will be a series of panel debates on each of the key topics considered in the consultation paper: enhanced sentencing where hostility is an aggravating factor; aggravated offences; and the offences of stirring up hatred. Expert panellists will be drawn from a broad spectrum including criminal justice agencies, legal practice, academia and non-governmental organisations active in the field. 

Each panel session will begin with a short topic overview. There will then be brief presentations by each of the expert panellists, followed by an open debate and questions from the floor. As the final date to respond to our consultation is 27 September, this event offers a timely opportunity to improve understanding of the issues and debate our provisional proposals. Attendance at the symposium is free. We are hoping to offer 4 CPD points for the event for barristers/solicitors.

I look forward to welcoming you to the event.


Professor David Ormerod QC

Law Commissioner for England and Wales

Sent on behalf of Professor Ormerod QC by Daniella Waddoup, research assistant

T: 020 3334 0272


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