The death penalty and international anti-drug operations

A human rights campaigner is to speak at our University on how European Union support for anti-drug operations internationally should change in light of the increased use of the death penalty for drug offences.

Maya Foa (pictured) from the not-for-profit organisation Reprieve will deliver the latest Scarman Lecture for the Department of Criminology. Her talk, entitled 'European Aid for Executions', will discuss Reprieve’s Stop Aid for Execution campaign which aims to expose the lethal failings of European counter-narcotics strategies, challenge the policies and attitudes which underpin them, and ultimately end European and international support for the use of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide.

Professor Jo Phoenix, Head of the Department of Criminology, said: “We are honoured to have Ms Foa provide a Scarman Lecture. The work of Reprieve is vital in exposing and then holding to account governments, including our own, for actions and policies that fall short of the ideals of justice and humanity in modern democracies.”

The lecture 'European Aid for Executions' takes place on Wednesday 11 November at 5.15pm in the Frank & Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.


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