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One small step for prison reform

Prisons must be safe before rehabilitation can take place – Policy Exchange’s Director of Research and Strategy looks at the Justice Secretary’s latest place for prison reform.

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European Court of Human Rights is undermining democracy

In a major new study for Policy Exchange, Sir Noel Malcolm, leading historian of ideas and Senior Adviser on Human Rights to Policy Exchange, argues that democracy is being eroded by an ever-expanding system of human rights law and condemns the encroachment of the...
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Convert expensive inner-London police stations into housing for officers, says think-tank

Report says commuter cops should be reduced by offering officers discounts to live in the neighbouring areas they patrol.

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Brexit and Judicial Power

Policy Exchange hosts Dr Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to China and to the World Trade Organisation, to discuss how a post-Brexit UK can negotiate trade deals around world.

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Locate police in London Underground ticket offices, says think tank

Boosting London’s Frontline Policing, a joint Policy Exchange and Capital City Foundation paper, argues that ‘Underground Police Points‘ would improve access to the police and help prevent victims and criminals from interacting in police stations.

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Prime Minister comes to Policy Exchange

Policy Exchange was delighted to host the Rt Hon David Cameron’s speech on prison reform – the first time in over 20 years that a Prime Minister has made a speech solely on the subject. His address contained a number of announcements, many of which stemmed from Policy Exchange reports, including replacing old run-down jails with modern prisons.

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Aiding the Enemy

Aiding the Enemy

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The UK urgently needs a new definition of treason that will recognise the nature of the threats we face today, argues a new paper from Policy Exchange, Aiding the Enemy: How and why to restore the law of treason, by Tom Tugendhat MP, Khalid Mahmood MP, Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project Professor Richard Ekins and barrister and former army officer Patrick Hennessey.

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One small step for prison reform

One small step for prison reform

Prisons must be safe before rehabilitation can take place – Policy Exchange’s Director of Research and Strategy looks at the Justice Secretary’s latest place for prison reform.

Special Briefing on the Worboys Case

Special Briefing on the Worboys Case

Why are elected ministers are powerless in the face of the release of a serious offender? Policy Exchange’s Director of Research Rupert Oldham-Reid explores how politicians and the judiciary have transferred power (and hard decisions) from elected representatives to unelected officials.

Gunnar Beck: Beware of Germany’s proposal for a new EU-UK transnational court

Gunnar Beck: Beware of Germany’s proposal for a new EU-UK transnational court

Dr Gunnar Beck — a Visiting Scholar at Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project — responds to German Vice Chancellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel’s apparent signal that the EU might be willing to ‘relax some of its more extravagant demands’ in the Brexit negotiations. Beck concludes that while Gabriel’s proposal for a transnational EU-UK court is a ‘promising starting point for the negotiations’, the UK ‘needs assurance that its future legal relationship with the EU [will be] governed by the greatest possible legal certainty and overseen by a court which ensures that words mean what they say and not simply whatever it may be that best suits the European Union’.

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Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot talks to BBC Radio Wiltshire about Police Commissioners

Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot talks to BBC Radio Wiltshire about Police Commissioners

Warwick Lightfoot – Policy Exchange Director of Research & Head of Economics and Social Policy – spoke to BBC Radio Wiltshire about Police and Crime Commissioners. Although first elected in 2012, the idea to create the posts was in fact proposed by Policy Exchange in our very first report, ‘Going local: Who should run Britain’s police?’, published nine years earlier in 2003.

Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project responds to Government paper on European Court of Justice post-Brexit

Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project responds to Government paper on European Court of Justice post-Brexit

Policy Exchange's Judicial Power Project responded to the paper released by the Government on leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice after Brexit. Visiting Fellow Dr Gunnar Beck writes in The Telegraph and Professor Richard Ekins, head of the Judicial Power Project, writes in The Spectator, while Senior Fellow Christopher Forsyth writes for CapX and Richard and Gunnar for ConservativeHome.

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  • Monday, 11 March, 2019
    18:00 - 19:30

The problem of jihadi brides and ISIL fighters has made discussions about reform of the law of treason a matter of high public importance. Policy Exchange is proud to have led the public conversation about this issue, beginning with publication in July 2018 of a major cross-party report on modernisation of the law.


  • Monday, 26 February, 2018
    18:00 - 19:30

The acute threat we face from terrorism will only be tackled when the whole of society understands and responds to the chronic threat from extremism, says Mark Rowley in his keynote valedictory address as Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for Specialist Operations and National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing delivered at Policy Exchange.


  • Thursday, 1 February, 2018
    18:00 - 19:30

In his new study for Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, Sir Noel Malcolm considers European Human Rights law and finds it wanting. This event addresed Sir Noel’s critique of European Human Rights law – and his robust conclusion that the UK ought to withdraw from the Convention. Above all it examined his new approach to the nature of human rights and the place they ought to have in our constitution.

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