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The Death Penalty Project Charitable Trust

The Death Penalty Project Charitable Trust is a legal action charity that works to uphold human rights and the rule of law, specifically as it relates to the death penalty.

Photo credits: Annette So
Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, Kenya

Our Objectives

To promote and protect human rights in the Caribbean, anglophone African countries and elsewhere and particularly the rights of individuals accused of crimes that are punishable by death and of those who have been sentenced to death

To promote the sound administration of the law

To advance education, research and training in domestic and international law (including international human rights law), and in particular concerning the operation of the death penalty

Our Activities

The DPPCT seeks to achieve its objectives through a variety of activities, including:

  • The provision of free legal representation for prisoners under sentence of death, who would not otherwise have access to legal advice
  • Consultation with, and training of, lawyers, judges, non-government organisations (NGOs) and human rights workers, both in the UK and elsewhere, thus promoting capacity building, increased awareness and dialogue
  • The development, commissioning and dissemination of appropriate studies

Trustees

Trustees

Anthony Burton CBE

Chair of Board of Trustees

Anthony is Chair of the Board and has been involved with the DPP since its inception. A leading authority on domestic and international criminal law, Anthony has a wealth of high-profile court experience.

Anthony is chairman of the Board of the Royal Court Theatre and is a regular writer and broadcaster on legal affairs. He is a Council member of the all party organisation Justice and a Trustee of the Heart of England Forest. The Legal 500 ranks Anthony as a leader in his field, and the Chambers Guide describes him as “the criminal heartbeat of the firm…a calm authority”.

 

Edward Fitzgerald QC CBE

Trustee

Edward is a founder board member. Edward is joint head of Doughty Street Chambers and specialises in criminal law, public law and international human rights law. He was awarded a CBE in 2008 and is a winner of the Silk of the Year award (2005) and the Times Justice Human Rights Award (1998). He has won numerous important appeals in the House of Lords and the Privy Council establishing rights for death row prisoners. He has also appeared frequently in the European Court of Human Rights. Edward has been called to the Bar in numerous jurisdictions, including Belize, Grenada and St Vincent, and has been granted rights of audience to appear in cases in Hong Kong, Trinidad & Tobago, St Lucia, Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.

 

 

Simon Goldberg

Trustee

Simon is a highly experienced commercial lawyer at Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP, specialising in non-contentious media work. He is recognised by both the Chambers Guide and the Legal 500 as a key practitioner in his field, and is ranked in four different practice areas. Key clients include Dennis Publishing, Time Out and talent agency 42 MP. Simon is a visiting lecturer in media studies at Warwick University. He is also a Trustee of the PSA Foundation and frequently advises charities on commercial and IP issues.

Simon has been a key adviser to and ardent supporter of The Death Penalty Project for several years, advising on a wide range of fundraising and public profile matters.

James Guthrie QC

Trustee

Anthony Burton CBE

Chair of Board of Trustees

Anthony is Chair of the Board and has been involved with the DPP since its inception. A leading authority on domestic and international criminal law, Anthony has a wealth of high-profile court experience.

Anthony is chairman of the Board of the Royal Court Theatre and is a regular writer and broadcaster on legal affairs. He is a Council member of the all party organisation Justice and a Trustee of the Heart of England Forest. The Legal 500 ranks Anthony as a leader in his field, and the Chambers Guide describes him as “the criminal heartbeat of the firm…a calm authority”.

 

Edward Fitzgerald QC CBE

Trustee

Edward is a founder board member. Edward is joint head of Doughty Street Chambers and specialises in criminal law, public law and international human rights law. He was awarded a CBE in 2008 and is a winner of the Silk of the Year award (2005) and the Times Justice Human Rights Award (1998). He has won numerous important appeals in the House of Lords and the Privy Council establishing rights for death row prisoners. He has also appeared frequently in the European Court of Human Rights. Edward has been called to the Bar in numerous jurisdictions, including Belize, Grenada and St Vincent, and has been granted rights of audience to appear in cases in Hong Kong, Trinidad & Tobago, St Lucia, Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.

 

 

Simon Goldberg

Trustee

Simon is a highly experienced commercial lawyer at Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP, specialising in non-contentious media work. He is recognised by both the Chambers Guide and the Legal 500 as a key practitioner in his field, and is ranked in four different practice areas. Key clients include Dennis Publishing, Time Out and talent agency 42 MP. Simon is a visiting lecturer in media studies at Warwick University. He is also a Trustee of the PSA Foundation and frequently advises charities on commercial and IP issues.

Simon has been a key adviser to and ardent supporter of The Death Penalty Project for several years, advising on a wide range of fundraising and public profile matters.

James Guthrie QC

Trustee

Staff

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Parvais Jabbar

CO-FOUNDER & CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Parvais has for over two decades represented individuals facing the death penalty around the world at the appellate level and before international bodies. A recognised expert on the death penalty and human rights law, Parvais has led and participated in international delegations advising on criminal justice reform and regularly lectures and speaks on capital punishment issues.

In 2012, Parvais was awarded an MBE for his services to international human rights and in 2016, received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Middlesex University.

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Saul Lehrfreund

CO-FOUNDER & CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Saul has dedicated his career to representing prisoners facing the death penalty in criminal and constitutional proceedings and also before international tribunals and courts. He is a leading authority on capital punishment and international human rights law and has published and lectured extensively on these topics.
In 2000, he was awarded an MBE for services to international human rights. In 2016, he was appointed as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Reading, where he has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.

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Joey Greene

Communications Lead

Joey joined as Communications Lead in March 2021 and manages strategic and day-to-day communications across DPP’s work.

Joey has over 13 years of experience as a communications specialist in the non-profit sector. Passionate about human rights, she has worked for several NGO’s including Scope Impact Finland, the British Red Cross, the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation and Action for Southern Africa. She holds a BA in Drama from Queen Mary University of London.

Svetlana Karadimova

Finance Officer

Svetlana joined in April 2021 and looks after DPP’s financial management as well as supporting fundraising and reporting to funders and other key stakeholders.

Svetlana’s background is in charity finance and social impact investment. Prior to DPP, she was Finance and Administration Manager at Paines Plough, a touring theatre company dedicated to new writing. Before that, she was part of Nesta’s Arts & Culture Finance team, helping arts organisations access affordable repayable finance in order to bring positive social change. Svetlana holds an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from King’s College London.

Jess McKey
Jess McKey

Operations Officer

Jess joined DPP in April 2021 and looks after DPP’s operations. She is responsible for policies and procedures, including governance and compliance.

Jess has a background in charity operations and communications. Prior to DPP, Jess was responsible for operations and communications at The John Smith Trust, which runs Fellowship Programmes for young professionals from former Soviet Union countries. Before that she has held various communications roles at Macmillan Cancer Support, Middlesex University and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Jess has a BSc degree in Psychology from the University of Manchester.

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Heshani Jayaratne

Project Officer

Heshani joined DPP as a Project Officer in March 2021 and is responsible for project implementation and delivery.

Heshani has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector and alongside institutional donors, having previously worked at Nesta and Kairos Europe as project manager and project officer. Heshani holds an MA in ‘Conflict, Security and Development’ from King’s College London and has a strong interest in human rights and international development.

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Thea Fanni

Paralegal

Thea joined DPP in October 2019, after completing the Bar Practice Training Course LLM with BPP University. She assists the legal team in appeals before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, as well as challenges before other domestic and international tribunals. She holds a LLB from Queen Mary University, London. Thea has a strong interest in human rights and civil liberties and is aspiring to become a criminal barrister.

Our funders

We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of all our funders and individuals donors who make our work possible. Our current funders include: