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Drugs Policy Reform: Learning From the Portuguese Model

31 July 2014 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Chatham House, London


Norman Baker MP, Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Home Office
Professor Alexander Stevens, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security



This expert roundtable will consider the case of Portugal, thirteen years after the country decriminalized drug use and started treating rather than punishing addicts. The event will coincide with the upcoming release of the 'International Comparators Study on Drug Policy' by Home Office Minister Norman Baker. Norman Baker MP will discuss the developments in the international drug policy landscape and the implications for UK drug policy.

The roundtable will create an opportunity for focused discussion to explore how some of the best elements of Portugal’s experience might translate to the UK context, and work towards agreeing some evidence-based principles that could govern a more effective approach for the future.

This roundtable is part of a Chatham House series of discussions that consider different approaches to the international drugs trade and drug policy.

Tea and Coffee will be served from 10.00 for a prompt start at 10.30