An Innocence Project is a group of students investigating the case of a convicted person maintaining innocence who has exhausted the initial appeals process. Innocence projects work under academic supervision and with pro bono legal assistance from a practising lawyer where appropriate.
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Conor Foley is a humanitarian aid worker and a regualr contributor to The Guardian – see his articles here.
He has worked for a variety of human rights and humanitarian aid organizations, including Liberty, Amnesty International and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He currently lives and works in Brazil, and is a research fellow at the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham.
Conor’s books include Combating Torture: a manual for judges and prosecutors (2003), which was published by the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and A Guide to Property Law in Afghanistan (2005), which was published by the Norwegian Refugee Council and UNHCR.
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