The Death Penalty as Cruel Treatment and Torture

The Death Penalty as Cruel Treatment and Torture

Capital Punishment Challenged in the World's Courts

Book - 1996
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A study of recent landmark judicial decisions that have shifted the focus of the death penalty debate from the right-to-life issue to the human-rights issue prohibiting cruel treatment and torture.
William A. Schabas reviews the history of the philosophical and legal interpretations of this fundamental norm, and closely examines its impact on the way the world's courts are currently grappling with the issue of how to implement capital punishment. This is a fascinating study of evolving human rights norms that in turn have generated a rich body of international comparative case law favoring the progressive limitation and ultimate abolition of the death penalty.

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An argument against the death penalty citing the universal human rights norm prohibiting cruel treatment and torture and the increased body of international comparative case law favoring its limitation and ultimate abolition. Schabas (judicial sciences, U. of Quebec) analyzes international capital punishment case law, rulings, and covenants by the world's courts, highlighting the judgments by national and international tribunals declaring that the method of execution and death row incarceration breach human rights norms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, c1996
ISBN: 9781555532680
Characteristics: xxvi, 288 p. ; 24 cm


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