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School of Law

Regulating New Psychoactive Substances: Science, Law and Policy

1 May 2014

Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm

This event is strictly by invitation only.

Jointly hosted by the Criminal Justice Centre, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London and DrugScience.

The appropriate regulation of New Psychoactive Substances (NPSs) is a topic of pressing public and political concern in the United Kingdom and around the world, but how should this be achieved? Last year, New Zealand enacted the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013, which is widely perceived as marking a major shift away from the paradigm of prohibition under the criminal law. However, there are alternative schemes.

The aim of this major one-day conference is:

  • to provide a critical and objective analysis of the science and law relating to NPSs
  • to identify facts and myths surrounding the distribution and use of NPSs
  • to explore the values and public health ethics that should guide policy-makers in this arena
  • to consider and discuss viable options for regulating (if at all) activities in connection with NPSs.


There will be panel sessions with contributions from the floor.

How to Book

This event is by invitation only. For more information, please contact

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