This volume provides up-to-date and nuanced analysis across a wide spectrum of capital punishment issues. The essays move beyond the conventional legal approach and propose fresh perspectives, including a unique critique of the abolition sector. Written by a range of leading experts with diverse geographical, methodological and conceptual approaches, the essays in this volume challenge received wisdom and embrace a holistic understanding of capital punishment based on practical experience and empirical data. This collection is indispensable reading for anyone seeking a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the complexity of the death penalty discourse.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I Legal Issues: Yong Vui Kong v. Public Prosecutor and the mandatory death penalty for drug offences in Singapore: a dead end for constitutional challenge?, Yvonne McDermott; The limits of international law: efforts to enforce rulings of the International Court of Justice in US death penalty cases, Sandra Babcock; The mandatory death penalty - an international an comparative perspective, Douglas L. Mendes; Fair trial rights and their relation to the death penalty in Africa, Lilian Chenwi; The right to life and the abolition of the death penalty in the Council of Europe, Jon Yorke; The people decide: the effect of the introduction of the quasi-jury system (saiban-in seido) on the death penalty in Japan, Leah Ambler; Waiting to die, dying to live, an account of the death row phenomenon from a legal viewpoint, Caycie D. Bradford; The United Nations and the abolition of the death penalty, William A. Schabas; Life and death in the lawyer’s office: the internship in capital punishment studies, Andy Boon and Peter Hodgkinson; The penalty of life imprisonment under international criminal law, Esther Gumboh; Death penalty mitigation: a challenge for social work education, Joyce G. Reed and Glenn E. Rohrer; The global capital punishment litigation landscape, Kerry Ann Akers. Part II Innocence: The myth of factual innocence, Morris B.Hoffmann; The role of the innocence argument in contemporary death penalty debates, Michael L. Radelet. Part III Race and Religious Discrimination: South Africa: racism and the death penalty, Greg Wallance; Racism, wrongful convictions and the death penalty, Hugo Adam Bedau. Part IV Gender and Sexuality Issues: A nation at war with itself: the potential impact of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality Bill, Barrie Sander; Chivalry is not dead: murder, gender and the death penalty, Steven F. Shatz and Naomi R. Shatz; Zina (adultery) under Islamic law in Nigeria: the gender issues in Amina Lawal’s case, Aminu Adamu Bello. Part V Juveniles: End natural life sentences for juveniles, Jeffrey Fagan; Juvenile parricide offenders sentenced to death, Kathleen M. Heide and Jessica McCurdy. Part VI Victim Issues: Trauma therapy for death row families, Walter C. Long; Contesting the victim card: closure discourse and emotion in death penalty rhetoric, Nancy Berns; Capital punishment: creating more victims?, Peter Hodgkinson, Seema Kandelia and Rupa Reddy; Name index.
Peter Hodgkinson OBE is Director of the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Westminster, UK.