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21 October - 17 November
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Is it a crime to protest?

A half-day event exploring the criminalisation of civil rights and the crisis in police-public relations.

Protesters and Police face off

What’s on offer?

This workshop brings together members of the public, young people, students, academics, practitioners and activists working in the field of law and justice to discuss views on police-public relations in the UK. 

Free copies of the book No Justice, No Police by Dr Matt Clement will be available for attendees.

What’s it about?

The workshop is comprised of two sessions: 11am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm. Each workshop includes short contributions from three guest speakers followed by group discussions, feedback and Q&A opportunities. 

Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase food from our cafes or shops on campus. 

Session 1: Is it a crime to protest?

Session 2: Should the police be defunded?

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Matt Clement, Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, and editor of 'No Justice No Police?' (2023) will host the workshop and introduce the themes from the book.

Our keynote speakers include:

  • Michael Mansfield KC - the well-known barrister who has represented many prominent victims of miscarriages of justice and police malpractice, from Hillsborough to Orgreave.
  • Representatives from The Youth Advocacy organisation ‘Leaders Unlocked’ to discuss their recent UK survey on trust and the police.

Open to

Young people from local colleges and sixth forms, and interested members of the local community.

Of particular interest to

Young people who are judged to be most concerned about the criminalization of protests and recent debates about how the police operate. 

Event Booking details

Please book via the Eventbrite link on this page. Email Matt at if you have any questions. 

Event booking deadline

31 October 2023