“The Law Commission has recently opened a public consultation on whether to expand existing hate crime laws in England and Wales. The proposals would extend laws that currently cover hate based on race and religion to also include disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
In response to the consultation, Birkbeck School of Law and the Birkbeck Gender & Sexuality Group (BiGS) are hosting a discussion forum to consider the following questions:
– How might we respond to the Law Commission’s proposals?
– Is harsher sentencing an appropriate response to hate-motivated violence and hatred-inciting speech?– Is the consultation’s focus on sentencing too narrow? What issues are missing?
– What strategies should be prioritised in preventing, addressing and responding to hate-motivated violence?”
Date: Thursday 8th August 2013, 3.00-5.30pm
Location: Room G15, Malet St Building, Birkbeck, University of London
Charge: Free, registration required
More information can be found here.