Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Hostname: page-component-77c89778f8-vpsfw Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-07-22T09:04:55.423Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

9 - The Death Penalty

from Part II - Major Themes

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 September 2021

Stuart Casey-Maslen
Affiliation:
University of Pretoria
Christof Heyns
Affiliation:
University of Pretoria
Get access

Summary

The international community is moving towards the abolition of the death penalty but executions continue to lawful in a number of countries under certain circumstances where a crime of murder has been perpetrated at the issue of a fair trial. The mandatory death sentence is, however, always arbitrary. Those under 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the crime may not be lawfully sentenced to death and pregnant women may not be executed. The legality of executing persons with disabilities or older persons is also assessed. Finally, the death penalty in connection with an armed conflict is considered.

Type
Chapter
Information
The Right to Life under International Law
An Interpretative Manual
, pp. 207 - 232
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Save book to Kindle

To save this book to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

  • The Death Penalty
  • Stuart Casey-Maslen, University of Pretoria
  • Foreword by Christof Heyns, University of Pretoria
  • Book: The Right to Life under International Law
  • Online publication: 02 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108859868.010
Available formats
×

Save book to Dropbox

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

  • The Death Penalty
  • Stuart Casey-Maslen, University of Pretoria
  • Foreword by Christof Heyns, University of Pretoria
  • Book: The Right to Life under International Law
  • Online publication: 02 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108859868.010
Available formats
×

Save book to Google Drive

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

  • The Death Penalty
  • Stuart Casey-Maslen, University of Pretoria
  • Foreword by Christof Heyns, University of Pretoria
  • Book: The Right to Life under International Law
  • Online publication: 02 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108859868.010
Available formats
×