The Assize Seminars provide a space for cutting edge academic work to play a practical role in understanding and developing the law. They are a chance to challenge, debate and refine criminal justice, providing a bridge from academia to criminal legal practice. Just like the Assize of old, the seminars are peripatetic, in this case rotating over the next 18 months between three leading academic institutions: Oxford, Cambridge and University College London, all with the support of the Criminal Bar Association. Brief materials from the seminars will be available on this page in the future, in particular, the short handout from each speaker.

The launch event was held in Oxford on 12 May 2017 in Magdalen College Auditorium, with 45 academics, barristers, solicitors, prosecutors and judges attending.


The second Assize Seminar was hosted by UCL on the 8th of November 2017. Details of the programme, including the handouts and videos from the event are available here.

The third Assize Seminar will take place in Cambridge in Spring 2018, more details will be made available in due course.