Abolishing the Death Penalty

10 Oct 2022 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Image of the world in a noose. The noose is being cut by a knife.

Observed every 10 October, the World Day Against the Death Penalty unifies the global abolitionist movement and mobilizes civil society, political leaders, lawyers, public opinion and more to support the call for universal abolition of capital punishment. The day encourages and consolidates the political and general awareness of the world-wide movement against the death penalty.

Join the Centre for Law and Social Justice for an engaging panel discussion. This event will explore the connection between the death penalty and sentences of life without parole, the global abolition movement and international human rights issues.

This panel event will be followed by a Q&A.

John Anderson is a Professor in the University of Newcastle Law School. He is an experienced lawyer admitted to legal practice in NSW and has research expertise in criminal law and procedure, sentencing and evidence. His PhD research involved an in-depth analysis of the natural life sentence for murder in NSW and the question of equal application of the law in sentencing. This has resulted in a sustained research interest in ultimate penalties, including capital punishment and life imprisonment without parole. John is a member of the Global Coalition on Life Imprisonment through Penal Reform International and works with various international scholars on issues relating to ultimate penalties.

Amy Maguire is an Associate Professor in international law and human rights at the University of Newcastle Law School, and co-director of its Centre for Law and Social Justice. Throughout her career, Amy has engaged with the death penalty as a researcher and human rights advocate, including as a contributor to the 2015 parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s advocacy for abolition of the death penalty.

This event will be chaired by Dr Samuel Woldemariam

Register for free here

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