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Claire de Than publishes Scoping Paper

The Senior Law Lecturer is the youngest Law Commissioner in Britain.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Claire de Than, a Senior Lecturer in The City Law School and Co-Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, has published her first Scoping Paper as a Commissioner on the Jersey Law Commission.

She invites people with relevant expertise in, or experience of, criminal appeals in the Channel Islands, the UK or other Commonwealth jurisdictions to respond.

Portrait of Claire De ThanAppointed by the States of Jersey in January 2016, she is the youngest Law Commissioner in Britain and has taken the lead on reform proposals for Criminal Appeals as part of her larger project to codify Jersey's criminal law.

Her role involves assisting the process of modernising and removing anomalies from the laws of Jersey.

Open University and Together for Short Lives


Claire has recently been invited to provide input to the Law Commission’s (England and Wales), Sentencing Project – the fourth of its projects for which she has been an expert.

She has also been approached by Fair Trials International (UK) to advise on their miscarriages of justice projects.

Her collaboration with the Open University and Together for Short Lives has set new standards and guidelines on sexuality, consent and disability across the healthcare professions; the publication has had to be reprinted twice in three months owing to high demand.

Most recently, Claire was an expert for independent press regulator, IMPRESS, advising on the content of their draft Code.

Definition
Law Commission Scoping paper

A Law Commission Scoping Paper outlines a law reform project on an under-researched area of law, its challenges and goals, then poses a series of questions about how the relevant law works in practice. The purpose of the questions is to seek further evidence from relevant professions, organisations and individuals. The aim is to discover how well an area of law is working, so that any necessary reform proposals may be formulated. After responses and evidence are collated, the next stage is a Consultation Paper in which potential reform proposals are set out for interested parties to consider and respond.

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