The lasting legacy of the Death Penalty team can be seen in the training they have provided for death penalty litigators Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and on the educational programmes they have organised and participated in throughout the world. They are a true inspiration to death penalty opponents and human rights activists worldwide.


We continue to advise and enter into dialogue with governments, members of the legal profession and NGOs in any jurisdiction on questions of domestic and international human rights law concerning the imposition and application of the death penalty. In addition, training events for local lawyers and NGOs are regularly organised with the provision of relevant reference and resource material.  We also implement and participate in judicial colloquiums on human rights law and the death penalty.

Training programmes in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia have tried to assist local lawyers representing prisoners in capital cases and mental health professionals who conduct assessments and prepare reports in capital cases.

Our activities focusing on legal consultation, research and dialogue have tried to increase the level of information available to key players and raise the levels of awareness on issues surrounding the death penalty and human rights. This has promoted informed discussions/debate concerning legal reforms based on world trends and contemporary human rights standards.

For specific consultation and training activities that we have carried out in each region, please click here.


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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Pitman and Hernandez: Legal commentary

March 2017
Lester Pitman and Neil Hernandez v The State (Trinidad and Tobago) [2017] UKPC 6 Execution ...
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Two Bulgarian nationals saved from execution in Malaysia

February 2017
The Court of Appeal of Malaysia was right to quash the death sentences of two ...
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Towards the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus

December 2016
Last week co-executive director Parvais Jabbar participated in conference “Abolition of the Death Penalty and ...
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