August 01, 2010

ABA Annual Meeting - August 2010 in San Francisco

ABA Annual Meeting - August 2010 in San Francisco

The Influence of International Law and Opinion in US Death Penalty Cases

Join the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project and the Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project at the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco for a special program featuring a panel discussion on the death penalty and international law. President Obama has stated that he seeks to ensure “international law is not an empty promise.” We will host a panel of distinguished experts to discuss what this means for death penalty cases in the U.S. Panelists will discuss whether it is legitimate to consider international human rights instruments or treaty obligations in capital cases, recent capital cases involving issues of international law and comity, and the effect of foreign governments’ opposition to the implementation of the death penalty on foreign nationals. We will conclude the session with a discussion on what, if any, universal principles of fairness and due process exist among countries that retain the death penalty.

This event will be held free of charge on Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 8:00 - 9:30 AM (PDT) at Bingham McCutchen LLP, located at Three Embarcadero Center in San Francisco.

Special thanks to event host Bingham McCutchen LLP and co-sponsors at the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco!


Civil Rights and Social Justice

ABA Criminal Justice Section

Section of International Law

Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

San Francisco Bar Association


Gregory J. Kuykendall,  Counsel to the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, Tuscon, Arizona 

Richard Wilson, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

Franklin E. Zimring, Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at UC Berkeley, and co-author of The Next Frontier: Political Change, National Development and the Death Penalty in Asia


Maurice Possley, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist & former Chicago Tribune reporter, Ann Arbor, Michigan