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April 22, 2018

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International Law and the Death Penalty
Last Featured: 12/20/2000

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Is the death penalty a violation of international law? Since the United States Supreme Court re-examined the death penalty and found it constitutional in 1976, more than 600 people have been executed in the U.S. and a number of international treaties were adopted that tried to limit application of the death penalty. But concern is growing over the fairness of the American system of capital punishment, and some are questioning whether the U.S. is violating international human rights law. British Solicitor General Ross Cranston debates University of Virginia law professor Curtis Bradley in this special edition of Justice Talking, recorded in London during a meeting of the American Bar Association.

Curtis Bradley is a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law where he teaches international law and litigation, federal courts, foreign affairs law and unfair competition. After receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School, Mr. Bradley clerked for Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published numerous articles on international law and U.S. foreign relations law.

Ross Cranston is Her Majesty's Solicitor General, the British government's chief legal advisor on domestic and international law. Educated at the Universities of Queensland, Harvard and Oxford, Solicitor Cranston has been a practicing barrister and held various academic posts, including the Castle Professor of Commercial Law at the London School of Economics. Elected to parliament in May 1997, Solicitor Cranston has published widely on a variety of legal subjects including public law, welfare law and legal ethics.

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"We are firmly convinced and we act on that conviction that with nations, as with individuals, our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from our moral duties and history bears witness to the fact that a just nation is taken on its word. The ball of liberty is now so well in motion that it will roll round the globe."

— Thomas Jefferson

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