A Global Study on Wrongful Convictions

By Chong Joe En

In April 2011, lawyers, scholars, and exonerated victims from across the globe convened in Cincinnati to explore the phenomenon of wrongful convictions in the international arena. The fruits of this seminal conference have now been officially published in the University of Cincinnati Law Review. 

Titled “Symposium: An International Exploration Of Wrongful Conviction”, the issue comprehensively compiles studies on wrongful convictions from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Ireland, Japan, Latin America, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, and Singapore. Each study was presented during the inaugural Innocence Network Conference, held in the University of Ohio in 2011.

This issue includes a study on the greater need for legal representation, written by Assistant Professor Cheah Wui Ling from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law titled “Developing a People Centered Justice in Singapore: In Support of Pro Bono and Innocence Efforts”.

With topics ranging from detection of wrongful convictions and wrongful detentions to methods to correct them, every study demonstrates a different facet of wrongful convictions. Together, the issue presents the faces of many innocent victims around the world who have slipped through the cracks of the legal system and now languish behind bars.

The issue can be read below:


Chong Joe En, 22, is a second-year student at the National University of Singapore (Law) and a member of the current Innocence Project Core Team.

Issue courtesy of Professors and Authors of the Innocence Network, published in the Cincinnati Law Review, summer 2012, volume 80, no 4.