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The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective

Roger Hood CBE QC (Hon) DCL FBA and Carolyn Hoyle


The 4th edition of this study of the death penalty brings up-to-date developments in the movement to abolish the practice worldwide. It draws on personal experience as consultant to the United Nations for the UN Secretary General's five-yearly surveys of capital punishment and on the latest information from non-governmental organisations and the academic literature. Not only have many more countries abolished capital punishment but, even amongst those that retain it, the majority have been carrying out fewer executions. Legal challenges to mandatory capital punishment have been successful, as ... More

Keywords: death penalty, capital punishment, non-governmental organisations, capital crime, China, executions, abolition, human rights abuses, unfair trials, defence counsel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228478
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Hood CBE QC (Hon) DCL FBA, author
Formerly Professor of Criminology and Fellow of All Souls Colege, Oxford

Carolyn Hoyle, author
Reader in Criminology, Oxford University Centre for Criminology