Death Penalty

India, the Land of Ironies: A Constitutional Democracy’s Dance with the Death Penalty

India, the Land of Ironies: A Constitutional Democracy’s Dance with the Death Penalty

India is a country of ironies. Barely a fortnight ago, we had a consultation on the death penalty organised by the ...
Glossip v Gross: Taking Up Justice Breyer’s Call to Question the Death Penalty

Glossip v Gross: Taking Up Justice Breyer’s Call to Question the Death Penalty

Last month the United States Supreme Court ruled in Glossip v. Gross 135 S. Ct. 2726 (2015) that the use of ...
The Mandatory Death Penalty and Narratives of the Common Law

The Mandatory Death Penalty and Narratives of the Common Law

Some people say the common law is all about narrative. A story gets told, then retold and retold and with each ...
Glossip v. Gross: SCOTUS Affirmation of Underdeveloped Science for the Lifeline of the Death Penalty

Glossip v. Gross: SCOTUS Affirmation of Underdeveloped Science for the Lifeline of the Death Penalty

On 29 June 2015, in Glossip v. Gross 576 U. S. ____ (2015), Justice Alito gave the majority opinion (joined by ...
The Death Penalty for Foreign Nationals and Migrant Workers

The Death Penalty for Foreign Nationals and Migrant Workers

On 16th and 17th June, 2015, a group of experts met in Geneva to address the issue of foreign nationals, including ...
Eight Executed: The Price for Drug Offences in Indonesia

Eight Executed: The Price for Drug Offences in Indonesia

Over the last two days the media and human rights groups around the world have expressed repulsion and anger over ...
Glossip v. Gross: SCOTUS to Consider Oklahoma’s Lethal Injection Protocol

Glossip v. Gross: SCOTUS to Consider Oklahoma’s Lethal Injection Protocol

On Friday 23rd January, 2015, the US Supreme Court granted three Oklahoma death row inmates certiorari to ...
Rights Protection in 2014: A Review of the Indian Supreme Court

Rights Protection in 2014: A Review of the Indian Supreme Court

2014 was an interesting year for protection of fundamental rights by the Indian Supreme Court. We undertook an ...
Capital Punishment in China: Room for Cautious Optimism?

Capital Punishment in China: Room for Cautious Optimism?

Recent weeks have seen the resumption of executions in Jordan, after an 8-year de facto moratorium, and in ...
A New Opportunity for the UN to Move Forward the Global Abolition of Death Penalty

A New Opportunity for the UN to Move Forward the Global Abolition of Death Penalty

On the 2014 world day against the death penalty, Ban Ki Moon made a strong statement calling for global abolition. ...
Federal Judge Strikes Down California Death Penalty as Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Strikes Down California Death Penalty as Unconstitutional

In a stunning – and possibly prescient – decision, United States District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney of the ...
Executing the Intellectually Disabled: a Stronger Prohibition

Executing the Intellectually Disabled: a Stronger Prohibition

On 21 February 1978, Freddie Hall and his accomplice, kidnapped, raped and murdered a young woman, and in a ...

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