Everyone must be afforded due process rights, especially those facing the ultimate penalty: execution. The DPP has made extraordinary progress in protecting this most fundamental right in a range of jurisdiction.


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Read the latest news on the Death Penalty Project and its work from around the world

EVENT: The Slow Death of the Death Penalty in the U.S.A: Recent Trends

January 2018
The Death Penalty Project is hosting a talk by Professor Michael L. Radelet, University of Colorado Boulder and Elizabeth Zitrin, Vice- Chair, Witness to Innocence and former President of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty. Date: Tuesday 13th February ... read more »

Caribbean Court of Justice considers constitutionality of the mandatory death penalty in Barbados

January 2018
Today, the Caribbean Court of Justice hears the appeals of two death row prisoners who are seeking to have the mandatory death penalty in Barbados struck down as a violation of human rights. Barbados is one of only two countries ... read more »

New professional resources published on mental health in capital cases

January 2018
The Death Penalty Project and Forensic Psychiatry Chambers have released two new publications, together providing an authoritative guide on the application of mental health law in capital cases. The resources respond to the knowledge that, in many countries that retain ... read more »

Trinidad waits on British judges’ death row ruling as murders soar

January 2018
As reported by Owen Bowcott in The Guardian, 15 January 2018 (Original article) Five British judges will this week consider whether a prisoner who may be mentally ill should remain on death row after a Caribbean court convicted him of ... read more »

Kenyan Supreme Court declares mandatory death penalty unconstitutional

December 2017
The mandatory death penalty violates fundamental human rights, rules the Supreme Court of Kenya today in a historic judgment that will affect thousands of prisoners. Prior to the judgment, any person convicted of murder, or robbery with violence, in Kenya ... read more »