Dr Michael Naughton is an academic specialising in miscarriages of justice, false allegations and the wrongful conviction and/or imprisonment of innocent victims who has received numerous awards and prizes for his work.
He is the Founder and Director of Empowering the Innocent (ETI), a research project centred on claims of innocence by alleged victims of false allegations and wrongful convictions/imprisonment and aimed at criminal justice system reform. Under the auspices of Empowering the Innocence (ETI), Michael has so far set up four subprojects: CCRC Watch, False Allegations Watch (FAW), Innocence Art and Empowering the Innocent TV (ETI TV).
Michael is also known for setting up the first innocence project in the UK, the University of Bristol Innocence Project (2005-2015), which 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 claims of innocence by alleged victims of wrongful convictions on a pro bono basis, with input from criminal appeal lawyers and forensic experts where appropriate.
He also Founded and Directed Innocence Network UK (INUK) (2004 – 2015), 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.
This website provides access to Michael’s publications (4 books, over 80 articles, book chapters and other publications, the majority of which are available to download, and his submissions to official inquiries, both domestically and internationally.
Important note: Any views expressed on this website do not represent those of Michael Naughton’s employer.