March 01, 2010

Project to Host Program on the Role of International Law in Capital Cases

The ABA will hold its Annual Meeting this August in San Francisco, CA.  The Project, along with the Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, will host a panel discussion on the death penalty and international law. 

This program, entitled “The Rising Influence of International Law and Opinion in US Death Penalty Cases,” will be held at the law offices of Bingham McCutchen from 8:00-9:30 AM on Saturday August 7, 2010. 

The Obama Administration has pledged to ensure that “international law is not an empty promise.”  What does this mean for US death penalty cases?  Should the growing need for international cooperation influence decisions about the death penalty?  Is it legitimate to consider international human rights instruments or treaty obligations?  

As one of the few remaining countries in the world that retains the use of the death penalty, is the US risking penalties from abolitionist countries in the future?  Are there fundamental principles of fairness and due process upon which all countries can agree?  A panel of experts will discuss these questions and more. 

This event is co-sponsored by the ABA Sections of Criminal Justice, Individual Rights and  Responsibilities, International Law, and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense. 

WHEN: Saturday August 7, 2010 | 8:00 - 9:30 AM (Pacific)
WHERE: Bingham McCutchen LLP | Three Embarcadero Center Downtown San Francisco 

Please RSVP at to confirm your space.  For more information, please contact Katie Hughes at  There is NO cost to attend this event.