The death penalty – trends, reforms and challenges

Event date: 
11 Oct 2017
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Venue: 
Room 388, UNSW Law
Topic: 
Death penalty
Speaker: 
with Parvais Jabbar MBE and Saul Lehrfreund MBE
Position: 
and Co-Executive Directors of The Death Penalty Project
Cost: 
Free
Enquiries: 
Any questions? Call us on 9385 1803.

Drawing on their own experience of representing prisoners on death row before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and domestic courts for over 25 years, Parvais and Saul will discuss the developments and restrictions that have been imposed on the use of capital punishment. These have had a profound effect – saving lives and creating jurisprudence that has persuaded other constitutional courts throughout the Commonwealth to apply similar limitations on the use of capital punishment.

Parvais Jabbar and Saul Lehrfreund are the co-founders and Co-Executive Directors of The Death Penalty Project, a legal action charity based at the London law firm, Simons Muirhead & Burton. They specialise in representing prisoners sentenced to death at the appellate level in both criminal and constitutional proceedings before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and local Courts of Appeal, as well as bringing cases before international tribunals and courts, including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Described in Chambers and Partners Guide UK (2009): “the team is head and shoulders above anyone else in death penalty related work, and Parvais Jabbar and Saul Lehrfreund are heralded as the outstanding experts”.

Both have been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for their services to international human rights.