The Death Penalty - A Global Trend Towards Abolition?

6 October 2010 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International, UK Section
Peter Hodgkinson OBE, Director, Centre for Capital Punishment Studies, Westminster Law School
Ignacio Llanos, Counsellor, Embassy of Chile; facilitator of UN General Assembly resolution 63/168 on the Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty
Chair: Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Chairman, United Nations Association of the UK



Over two-thirds of the world's countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice, yet capital punishment remains a serious issue. Later this year the UN General Assembly will consider progress on a 2007 resolution calling for a global death penalty moratorium. This panel discussion will assess the prospects for implementing a global moratorium, consider recent trends, and debate what action can be taken with regard to retentionist states.

This meeting is held in association the United Nations Association of the UK.