University Of Greenwich Innocence Project

University Of Greenwich Innocence Project

Law students launch Innocence Project

Date of release: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Greenwich students attend the 7th annual conference for Innocence Projects in London last weekendLaw students at the University of Greenwich are taking a fresh look at potentially wrongful criminal convictions after setting up an Innocence Project.

This is a student-led, extra-curricular scheme and is one of only two such projects running in London. It is made up of eleven second and third year Law students at Greenwich, who have now started examining their first case.

The team meets once a week, under supervision from a senior member of academic staff, and carries out an objective and independent investigation of prisoners who maintain their innocence but have exhausted their legal appeals. Each team member commits at least four hours each week during term-time to work on the case.

The Innocence Project is led by the university’s Senior Lecturer in Law, Kristian Humble. “I have been impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment that our students have shown. The discussions we have had about the case have demonstrated a depth of knowledge about the law,” he says.

Innocence Projects provide an important mechanism for individuals who have been convicted of crimes to have their case reviewed by law students. If an Innocence Project finds evidence of factual innocence, or the evidence that led to the conviction is discredited, then an application can be made to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for the person’s case to be referred back to the appeal courts.

More than 30 Innocence Projects have now been set up in universities in England, Wales and Scotland, and are part of the Innocence Network UK.

University Of Greenwich Innocence Project

Law at Greenwich was ranked in first place in the UK for teaching excellence in the most recent Sunday Times University Guide.

The Law School has a strong focus on employability and gives students opportunities to gain extensive real-world experience in the legal profession during their degree course. The School’s employability project, which includes mentoring schemes, paid internships and client interviewing competitions, has made a significant impact on helping students start their legal careers following graduation.

To find out about studying Law at the University of Greenwich:
Call: 020 8331 9000.

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Picture: Greenwich students attend the 7th annual conference for Innocence Projects in London last weekend. From left, James Langton, Emma Smith, Grace Golding, Maxime Salter-George and Bronwyn Playle.