Summer 2005

Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project to Co-host Conference in Japan

The American Bar Association Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project is co-hosting a joint ABA/Japan Federated Bar Associations (JFBA)/European Commission (EC) conference in Tokyo, Japan on Dec. 6 and 7, 2005, to discuss the global reexamination of the death penalty.

The conference will bring together activists and lawyers from around the world (specifically from countries with the death penalty) for a two-day series of lectures, programs, and discussions designed to educate attendees on death penalty initiatives around the globe, provide the opportunity for cross-cultural discussion about death penalty issues and strategies, explore new ideas for how lawyers and others may become involved in death penalty reform, and assist participants in advocating for and implementing new policies within their own countries.

The conference will serve as an opening discussion about and negotiation toward the formulation of a global legal statement of principle on the death penalty and aims to create an international network of lawyers, politicians, and activists who will continue to work together, enabling interested parties to engage in ongoing dialogue and information exchange. Conference programs include discussions of cross-cultural experiences in dealing with the death penalty, international standards on the death penalty, victims’ perspectives, and the role of legal professionals in the death penalty debate.

For more information on this conference, please contact the Section office (202/662-1030).

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