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Michael NaughtonDr Michael Naughton is a sociologist, social theorist and author who has received numerous awards and prizes for his research and wider activities on the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of innocent victims.

He is Founder and Director of Empowering the innocent (ETI), a research project aimed at criminal justice reform that gives voice to alleged innocent victims of wrongful convictions that they can use in their struggles for justice.

Between 2005-2015, Michael was Founder and Director of the first innocence project in the UK dedicated to investigating alleged wrongful convictions, the University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP). This saw him spearhead the introduction of a new form of clinical legal education in the UK based on the innocence projects that originated in the United States. Under his supervision, student volunteers investigated alleged wrongful convictions on a pro bono basis, with input from criminal appeal lawyers and forensic experts where appropriate.

Between 2004-2015, Michael was Founder and Director of Innocence Network UK (INUK), which saw him facilitate the setting up, and support the subsequent running, of a national network with a total of 36 Innocence Projects in the UK dedicated to investigating and overturning wrongful convictions. This included an innocence project in a corporate law firm, which was also a global first.

​Dr Naughton has written or edited 4 books and has published over 80 additional articles, book chapters and other publications, which are listed by year of publication on this website.

This website also provides information on Michael’s media interviewsinvited presentations and submissions to official inquiries, both at home and abroad.

Click here for Dr Naughton’s CV

Important note: Any views expressed on this website do not represent those of Michael Naughton’s employer.