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Errors in Criminal Justice Conference

13th Conference on the Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems, 2024
Location: TBC

The conference

This year’s conference is being jointly hosted by Duke University School of Law and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Our theme is “Errors in Criminal Justice.” North Carolina was the first state in the United States to create an actual innocence reform commission, which recommended a series of reforms designed to prevent eyewitness misidentifications, false confessions, and other types of errors, and then an innocence inquiry commission, which reviews wrongful conviction cases. Duke Law’s wrongful convictions clinic was a founding member of the now-international Innocence Network. More recently, North Carolina is noteworthy in that it is conducting an official review of all juvenile life without parole sentences in the state. Our topic will involve issues regarding wrongful convictions, miscarriages of justice, and claims of innocence, but also accuracy of evidence relied upon during criminal investigations, trials, during sentencing, and post-conviction.

We will host early career presentations on May 2, 2024 at UNC Law. We will host presentations at Duke Law on May 3 and ending at noon on May 4. We expect to include a diverse group of speakers and early career scholars, as well as practicing lawyers and persons exonerated and who have received relief in North Carolina criminal cases.

The Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems

The Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems conference series is a collaboration between the Universities of Warwick, North Carolina, Bologna, Basel and Duke University. It seeks to understand how criminal justice systems rooted in adversarial and inquisitorial traditions approach common legal problems and trends - and how these are situated, understood and practiced within different legal cultures. Conferences take place every 1-2 years, rotating between the partner institutions and focusing on a different theme each year. Speakers with national and comparative expertise are drawn from across the globe, discussing topics from a range of disciplinary, methodological and legal procedural perspectives. The conferences take place over two and half days, with the first day devoted to papers from Early Career Researchers, with emphasis on participation and discussion throughout.