Posted by: gillroe | November 25, 2010

Griffith College Dublin leads the way in legal education by bringing world renowned Innocence Project to Ireland

In March this year, Griffith College Dublin brought the world renowned Innocence Project to Ireland.  The Irish Innocence Project was officially launched at Griffith College Dublin by Dr. Greg Hampikian, director of the Idaho Innocence Project and DNA expert for the Georgia Innocence Project.

Pictured above Dean of Law at Griffith College David Langwallner(Irish Innocence Project) with Dr. Greg Hampikian

This is the first initiative of its kind in Ireland and is being led by David Langwallner, Dean of Law at Griffith College, where the Irish Innocence Project will make its home. He has worked closely with Dr. Hampikian and his colleagues in the USA and Canada, to tailor the programme to the Irish justice system.

The Innocence Network was co-founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld and uses DNA evidence to examine cases where there are claims of wrongful conviction. Since it began, 251 people have been exonerated in the USA; 17 of those people had served time on death row. The Irish Innocence Project (IIP) joins similar projects in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as the international expansion of the project continues.

Langwallner and Griffith College faculty staff began work on the Irish Innocence Project in October 2009. Nine final-year law students are working with qualified and practising barristers, who in turn are working closely with Langwallner, to give post-conviction reviews of 14 cases. These were selected from a pool of 20 claims of wrongful conviction that were received by the Irish Innocence Project.

www.gcd.ie

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  1. Very commendable work – can find uses for this in countries where poverty often leads to wrongful convictions.


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