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Dr Michael Naughton

Dr Michael Naughton

Dr Michael Naughton
BSc, PhD(Bristol)

Reader in Sociology and Law

Office 3.26
Wills Memorial Building,
Queen's Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5323



Dr Michael Naughton is a Reader in Sociology and Law with a joint appointment between the Law School and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS). He teaches critical courses in the areas of criminology and criminal justice to law, sociology and political science students. His research centres on issues relating to "miscarriages of justice": how they are defined, caused and measured; the harm they engender; and, how they might be challenged and/or remedied. A particular focus is on the relationship between "miscarriages of justice" and the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of the innocent and whether wrongful convictions are caused intentionally or unitentionally.

Michael's major publications are: The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System (2013); Rethinking Miscarriages of Justice (2007); and, The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent? (Editor, 2009). In addition, he has over 50 further publications in peer-reviewed academic journals, edited book collections, professional journals, broadsheet newspapers and official reports, many of which are freely available on his personal website:




  • Criminology - (U/G Law, Unit Coordinator)
  • A Sociology of Crime and Justice - (U/G Sociology. Unit Coordinator)
  • Crime, Justice and Society - (LAW, U/G)

Admin: Ethics Committee (SPAIS)

Supervision: Dr Naughton welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in any of his teaching and research areas.

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