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6 March 2015

Robert Brown speaks at ‘Legal Practice Related to Hate Crime in the UK and Russia’ seminar in St. Petersburg

On 27th February 2015, partner Robert Brown spoke on the ‘Prosecution of Hate Crime in England and Wales’ at the Legal Practice Related to Hate Crime in the UK and Russia seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Almost 85% of hate crime prosecutions in England and Wales now result in a conviction, according to a CPS (Crown Protection Service) report released in October last year. The report further revealed that the conviction rate has been on an upward trend over the past six years.

The seminar was held by Citizens’ Watch, a Non-Governmental Human Rights Organization with the support of the Consulate-General of Great Britain in St. Petersburg. Citizens’ Watch identifies its priority as bringing Russian human rights legislation and the practice of its application closer to international legal standards.

Valeria Akhmetyeva of the SOVA centre for information and analysis (Moscow) followed Robert with a speech on ‘Counteraction of Hate Crime in Russia as shown by the SOVA Monitoring.’

As well as operating as a partner at Corker Binning, Robert Brown is the Vice-Chairman of the British-Russian Law Association, and was recently elected as President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

More information on Citizens’ Watch can be found here

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