The database was created in April 2011 by Professor Sandra Babcock, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell University Law School, in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, this resource attempts to fill the research and advocacy gaps that exist with regards to the death penalty. Its intended audience includes judges, policymakers, scholars, lawyers, journalists, and human rights advocates.
According to the website’s FAQ (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org/faq.cfm), the database provides data such as:
- General country information
- Basic death penalty information
- List of crimes punishable by the death penalty
- Information about death penalty conditions, such as prison conditions, quality of legal representation, etc.
- Information from international human rights organizations
DPW will NOT include certain information:
- Descriptions of individual cases
- A news feed on death penalty topics
You can also find links to other international legal issues in this resource. Some of these include information on extraditions to retentionist countries, how mental illness is dealt with, as well as information on juvenile offenders and women.
The Resources section will provide even further information, such as a bibliography, news resources, international legal research guidelines, and links to death penalty organizations to name a few.
There are other resources also available on the site, such as an FAQ and even a Blog that you can subscribe to. If you would like more information about this database, please contact:
Death Penalty Worldwide
Clinical Professor of Law
Director, International Human Rights Clinic
Cornell University Law School
Research Director, Death Penalty Worldwide