World Coalition Steering Committee member

Barreau de Paris

The Paris Bar was founded under the reign of Louis XIV. Nowadays, it represents around 20 000 lawyers, i.e. nearly half of those practicing in France. Its prime objectives are to organise and structure the legal profession, to strengthen training and adapt it to the deep changes occurring in society and to expand the role and the influence of law in France and abroad.

Traditionally, the Paris Bar is very often approached when human rights are in danger. It supports the abolition of the death penalty actively and has been a member of the Steering Committee of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty since its creation in 2002.
The Paris Bar participated actively in the three World Congresses against the death penalty to date, by leading the mobilisation of the judiciary environment. In an effort to strengthen its support for abolitionists, the Paris Bar founded the Institute for the Universal Abolition of the Death Penalty in 2006.

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World Coalition Steering Committee member

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11 place Dauphine
Ordre des Avocats à la Cour de Paris - Service des relations internationales
75053 Paris
Phone +33 1 44 32 48 48
Fax +33 1 46 34 77 65



The death penalty and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

on 21 August 2021


NGO report

World Coalition

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

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The signatory organizations are convinced that the death penalty is incompatible with the prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, which is a peremptory norm of international law (jus cogens) and should thus be abolished. The death penalty is only tolerated by international law and standards to the extent that it may only be imposed for the most serious crimes and applied in a way that causes the least possible suffering. However, the signatory organizations believe that from the sentencing to the execution, the death penalty inevitably causes physical harm and psychological suffering amounting to torture or ill-treatments.

The present position paper documents the extent to which international and regional organisation have already recognised a violation of the absolution prohibitionof torture in the application and imposition of the death penalty.


Turkey: The Risk of Reinstatment of the Death Penalty

By World Caolition againt the Death Penalty, Anne Souléliac, Rusen Aytac - Barreau de Paris, on 10 August 2021



Public Opinion 


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Findings from a preliminary study on the situation of human rights defenders in Turkey and the potential of a return to capital punishment.