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The Ministry of Justice announced a public consultation into the law, policy and procedure relating to parole with a closing date of 28 July. The purpose of this conference, co-hosted with the Centre for Public Law, was to engage in discussions with leading figures in the field and to enrich responses to the consultation. 

Conference Programme and Papers

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee
10:30 - 11:00 Welcome
Professor David Feldman (Cambridge University)


Professor David Feldman


Professor Nicky Padfield

11:00 - 12:30 Parole Practice
Chair: Dr Stephanie Palmer (Cambridge University)
Speaker: Lizzette Ambrose (NPS London)
Respondents: Andrew Sperling (SL5 Legal) (did not attend but provided paper);  Nick Weatherall, Dr Jackie Craissati MBE (CIC)


Lizzette Ambrose


Dr Jackie Craissati MBE (CIC)

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13.30 - 15:00 Law and Theory
Chair: Judge John Samuels QC (President, Prisoners' Education Trust)
Respondents: Phillipa Kaufmann QC (Matrix Chambers); Simon Creighton (Bhatt Murphy Solicitors); James Dixon (No 5 Chambers)


Dr Paul Daly


Phillippa Kaufmann QC


Simon Creighton

15:00 - 15:30 Tea/Coffee 
15:30 - 17:00 Improving Independence, Transparency, Efficiency and Effectiveness?
Chair: Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe (Cambridge University)
Respondents: Baroness Newlove (Victims' Commissioner); Dr Laura Janes (HLPR); Professor Anthea Hucklesby (Leeds University)


Martin Jones


Baroness Newlove


Laura Janes

Anthea Hucklesby

17:00 - 17:30 Conclusions: Why 'Fairness' Matters!
Speakers: Dr Ruth Armstrong (IoC); Professor David Feldman (Cambridge University);


Ruth Armstrong


David Feldman

17:30 Close of Conference 

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