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Inaugural Wrongful Conviction Day taking place at Griffith College

Event Date: 
2 October, 2014
Irish Innocence Project Jail Gate

First ever ‘Wrongful Conviction Day’ taking place in Griffith College

Date: Thursday 2nd October, 2014

Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm

Venue: Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8

To launch the first ever International Wrongful Conviction Day, The Irish Innocence Project and Griffith College will be hosting an evening to recognise the work that innocence projects and organisations have contributed globally to society and the legal system to date.

A number of talks from key legal experts will be held including a talk on wrongful convictions from David Langwaller, Dean of Law at Griffith College.

Kevin Gleeson from the Justice for Harry Gleeson Group will talk about how Harry Gleeson’s wrongful conviction 70 years ago has impacted the Gleeson family.

The Innocence Project started off as a pro bono project and is now grown to include 68 innocence projects that are part of the umbrella Innocence Network dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals. In effect, it has become a worldwide human rights organisation.

In Ireland the Innocence Project was pioneered in 2009 by David Langwallner, Dean of the law faculty at leading third level education institution, Griffith College, Dublin (www.griffith.ie). The Innocence Project has already exonerated 307 people in the United States and has 20 active files in Ireland.  Some of the investigative work of the project has led to a case coming back before the Irish High Court, assisting in an international case in Greece, and a request for a pardon from the Minister for Justice.

The panel of speakers will include:

  • Kevin Gleeson, Spokesperson for Justice for Harry Gleeson Group
  • David Langwaller, Dean of Law, Griffith College