The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective

Paperback | February 8, 2015

byRoger Hood, Carolyn Hoyle

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The fifth edition of this highly praised study charts and explains the progress that continues to be made towards the goal of worldwide abolition of the death penalty. The majority of nations have now abolished the death penalty and the number of executions has dropped in almost all countrieswhere abolition has not yet taken place. Emphasising the impact of international human rights principles and evidence of abuse, the authors examine how this has fuelled challenges to the death penalty and they analyse and appraise the likely obstacles, political and cultural, to further abolition.They discuss the cruel realities of the death penalty and the failure of international standards always to ensure fair trials and to avoid arbitrariness, discrimination and conviction of the innocent: all violations of the right to life. They provide further evidence of the lack of a generaldeterrent effect; shed new light on the influence and limits of public opinion; and argue that substituting for the death penalty life imprisonment without parole raises many similar human rights concerns. This edition provides a strong intellectual and evidential basis for regarding capital punishment as undeniably cruel, inhuman and degrading. Widely relied upon and fully updated to reflect the current state of affairs worldwide, this is an invaluable resource for all those who study the deathpenalty and work towards its removal as an international goal.

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The fifth edition of this highly praised study charts and explains the progress that continues to be made towards the goal of worldwide abolition of the death penalty. The majority of nations have now abolished the death penalty and the number of executions has dropped in almost all countrieswhere abolition has not yet taken place. Emp...

Professor Roger Hood is Professor Emeritus of Criminology at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College. He took his Ph.D. at the Law Faculty of the University of Cambridge at the Institute of Criminology, and is a Doctor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. From 1973 to 2003 he was Director of the Oxford C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.26 inPublished:February 8, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198701748

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Abolitionist Movement: Progress and Prospects2. In the Vanguard of Abolition3. Where Capital Punishment Remains Contested4. The Scope of Capital Punishment in Law5. The Death Penalty in Reality: The Process of Execution and the Death Row Experience6. Excluding the Vulnerable from Capital Punishment7. Protecting the Accused and Ensuring Due Process8. Deciding Who Should Die: Problems of Inequity, Arbitrariness, and Racial Discrimination9. The Question of Deterrence10. A Question of Opinion or a Question of Principle?11. The Challenge of a Suitable ReplacementAppendicesBibliographyCases CitedIndex

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"...provide(s) a wealth of information, analysis and strategic advice on abolition from an international and comparative perspective...It constitutes an exhaustive and devastating critique of the way in which capital punishment functions currently" --Roger S Clark, Criminal Law Forum