New defense manual to help lawyers in capital cases worldwide

World Congress

By Thomas Hubert, on 29 May 2013

Some 30 lawyers from 15 countries with experience in capital cases, most of them in World Coalition member organizations, packed the 114-page booklet with practical information ranging from the search for mitigating evidence to the preparation of an appeal before international bodies.
Following the World Congress, the manual will be enriched with experience from Arab- and Chinese-speaking countries and translated into their language.

Sandra Babcock, director of Death Penalty Worldwide and Professor at the Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law in the US, is the lead author of the manual. In this interview, she explained that most attorneys need guidance when faced with a capital case – sometimes very basic. “Many lawyers around the world don’t take the time to meet their clients before the day of trial,” she said.

Photo above: Criminal lawyers get ready for a capital trial in Kinshasa (DR Congo) in 2011.

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Representing Individuals Facing the Death Penalty: A Best Practices Manual

By Sandra Babcock / Death Penalty Worldwide, on 1 January 2013


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This manual was written by Death Penalty Worldwide, a project affiliated with the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law, and the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. The manual aims to provide lawyers with legal arguments and strategic guidance in their representation of individuals facing the death penalty around the world. It sets forth the best practices in the defense of capital cases, based on the experiences of advocates around the world, international human rights principles, and the jurisprudence of both national courts and international tribunals.

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