We believe the death penalty, however administered, will almost always violate universally accepted and absolute human rights, namely, the right to life and the right not to be subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


The Death Penalty Project offers a number of formal internship programmes for students and graduates who are interested in working in the human rights legal sector, and in particular, issues concerning the use of the death penalty within the criminal justice system. We currently have on-going internship/fellowship programmes with Yale University, Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford, and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

In addition, we offer a number of one-week internship opportunities during the summer holidays. Please note that the exact dates of the internships will be determined with each individual candidate. The internship will be based at our offices in London.

Interns will be involved in a variety of work to support the Executive Directors in providing legal assistance to prisoners on death row, including casework, research and administration. Interns will gain valuable exposure to the workings of a pioneering legal NGO, which is a world-leader in death penalty litigation. The internship is particularly suited to undergraduates or postgraduates who are considering a legal career in human rights.


Summer Internship 2017

The summer internship programme 2017 is now open for applications.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, indicating available dates (July-September 2017), together with a resume to info@deathpenaltyproject.org by 31st May 2017.  All applicants will be notified by 9th June 2017.

Candidates may wish to demonstrate the following skills and interests within their application:
• Studying towards an undergraduate/postgraduate degree in law, political sciences, or social sciences
• Interest in and some knowledge of international and comparative human rights law and/or criminal law
• A commitment to the field of human rights
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Computer literate




Norwegian-British prisoner released from death row in DRC amid growing health concerns

May 2017
Joshua French, a dual British and Norwegian national who has spent eight years on death ...
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Battered woman who killed her husband released from prison in Belize

April 2017
A woman who killed her husband after enduring years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, ...
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India: Who is being sentenced to death?

April 2017
On 11th May 2017, we will be hosting a talk by Neetika Vishwanath and Rahul Raman, ...
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Execution of the intellectually disabled is unconstitutional in Trinidad says Privy Council, but courts may still impose death sentences

March 2017
Today, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London delivered a long awaited judgment ...
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