The first-ever international innocence network gathering The 2011 Innocence Network Conference: An International Exploration of Wrongful Conviction - was held in Cincinnati, OH, April 7-10, 2011.
Unique to this conference was its focus on the global human rights problem of wrongful conviction. “This is the first conference bringing the world together to discuss this issue,” said conference organizer Mark Godsey, the Donald P. and Judith L. Carmichael Professor of Law and Director of the Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project, about the event.
The four-day conference brought over 500 attendees to the city, including scholars, lawyers, and exonerees from around the world for substantive discussions, workshops, and keynote addresses on national and international trends on the issue of wrongful conviction. In addition to sharing information and providing a forum for learning, organizers hoped the event would be a springboard for galvanizing the innocence movement into a unified, international human rights movement. To that end international attendees from at least 20 countries, including Canada, Japan, China, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Chile, England, Ireland, Australia, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa, Czech Republic, Singapore and Switzerland came.