Crime & Justice

Putting people in charge: Future of Police & Crime Commissioners

Policy Exchange was delighted to host the Home Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP for a keynote speech on the future of Police and Crime Commissioners.

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Commuter Cops: Helping our police to live in the city they serve

Expensive inner-London police stations should be converted into housing to increased the number of officers living in the city, and improve the Met’s contact with the communities it serves.

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Boosting London’s Frontline Policing

Today Glyn Gaskarth, Head of Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, suggests locating police officers in recently closed London underground ticket offices.

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Low Crime for All: How to reduce crime for London’s communities

The crime rate is not low. Crime can be reduced further and this will benefit everyone but especially the most vulnerable. More police patrolling London’s streets will deliver less crime.

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Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project mentioned in House of Lords

Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project was praised by Lord Faulks in the House of Lords during a debate on Article 50. He said, “There is an important debate to be had about the proper reach of judicial power—one that is taking place under the auspices of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project.”

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Latest Crime & Justice Publications

Clearing the Fog of Law: Saving our armed forces from defeat by judicial diktat

Clearing the Fog of Law: Saving our armed forces from defeat by judicial diktat

Clearing the Fog of Law shows that misguided human rights laws mean British troops operating in the heat of battle are now being held to the same standard as police officers patrolling the streets on a Saturday night in the West End. The report calls for British forces to operate under the rules of the Geneva Conventions, rather than the ECHR, in future conflicts.

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Latest Crime & Justice Blogs

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’.

The European Court of Justice is not an impartial court and has no role to play in post-Brexit EU-UK relations

The European Court of Justice is not an impartial court and has no role to play in post-Brexit EU-UK relations

Leading authority on EU Law, Dr Gunnar Beck (SOAS), writes for Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project to explain why, as a matter of law, Britain can leave the EU without any liability for any allegedly outstanding sums under the EU budget. Dr Beck dismantles Helena Kennedy QC’s suggestion in the Guardian last week that the EU Court of Justice should have a role in post-Brexit Britain

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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.

Policy Exchange Judicial Power Project’s letter to Financial Times Editor published

Policy Exchange Judicial Power Project’s letter to Financial Times Editor published

Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project Head, Professor Richard Ekins and Professor Graham Gee wrote to the Financial Times in responce to a recent editorial, ‘Brexit places Britain’s judges in the line of fire’, explaining that it wrongly states that refusal to concede a continuing role for the European Court of Justice after Brexit creates a predicament for UK judges. Their letter, entitled ‘UK judges’ future looks robust, not fragile’ was published in the paper and online.

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Brexit and Judicial Power

Brexit and Judicial Power

Jul 21, 2016

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.

Prime Minister comes to Policy Exchange

Prime Minister comes to Policy Exchange

Feb 8, 2016

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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