Introduction: Death Penalty and International Law
5 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2011 Last revised: 15 Feb 2011
Date Written: 2004
In recent years, lawyers, policymakers, and legal scholars have devoted increasing attention to the way in which international legal norms regarding capital punishment have influenced the operation of the death penalty in the United States.
This issue of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal is devoted to these questions. Issues addressed in this symposium include: the impact of America’s retention of the death penalty on American foreign policy and diplomatic relationship with other nations, the impact of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations on the implementation of the death penalty in the United States, the impact of America’s use of the death penalty on international extradition, and the issue of the impact of the decisions of international human rights tribunals on the implementation of the death penalty in various nations.
Keywords: death penalty, international law and the death penalty, extradition and the death penalty, American foreign policy and the death penalty, Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, international human rights tribunals and the death penalty
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