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Dr Michael Naughton is a leading scholar on miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions, activist for innocent victims of wrongful convictions and writer. He has received numerous awards and prizes for his work (click here).

Michael is the Founder and Director of Empowering the Innocent (ETI), a research and criminal justice system reform project (click here).

Empowering the Innocent (ETI) has so far set up two subprojects, CCRC Watch (click here) and False Allegations Watch (FAW) (click here).

A feature of these subprojects is that they give voice to alleged innocent victims of wrongful convictions. They highlight the limitations and/or outright failings of the existing structures, procedures and cultures of criminal justice system and systems for overturning wrongful conviction in alleged wrongful conviction cases with the aim of fostering public support as a precursor to criminal justice reforms.

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 (click here).

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 (click here).

This website provides access to Michael’s research and publications (4 books (click here), over 70 articles, book chapters and other publications on miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions and imprisonment, the majority of which are free to download (click here), and submissions to official inquiries, both domestically and internationally (click here).

It also provides information on his wider activities in terms of media interviews and appearances (click here), invited presentations (click here) and academic presentations (click here).

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