alasti-harvard200x267.jpegThe Centre for Death Penalty Studies has run a wide range of projects all over the world.

Current projects:

Death penalty in the Middles Eastern countries

The death penalty in the Middle East is familiar to most people because capital punishment exists in the domestic law of most Middle Eastern countries, but the ways by which these states employ capital punishment are varied and inconsistent. The primary goal of this project is to use a comparative approach by illustrating the similarities and differences in the practice of capital punishment over time and place in the Middle Eastern countries. We will review the current practice of death penalty in both Islamic states and secular Middle Eastern countries. The second goal is to find out why capital punishment is less in practice in some Middle Eastern countries.

Juveniles on death row

The aim of this project is to provide a background of the evolution of juvenile death penalty policy, an empirical profile of executing children in the political and Islamic criminal justice systems, and an analysis of the factors that may influence future of capital punishment as a criminal sanction. Eighteen years is the internationally accepted minimum age for the imposition of capital punishment. According to Amnesty International, since 1990, only nine countries in the world are known to have executed juvenile offenders: China, Congo, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan and the United States. The continuing executions of juvenile offenders continued in two Islamic countries: Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Victims families speak against the death penalty

This research focuses on the role of victims' families in Capital cases.

Upcoming Project:

Racial characteristics in capital cases sentenced in Jefferson County, TX.