Library Talk: The Politics of the Death Penalty in Countries in Transition

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    2014•04•18    15:00 - 17:00

    On 18 April 2014 the UNU Library will host a Library Talk with Dr. Madoka Futamura, who will speak about her latest book, The Politics of the Death Penalty in Countries in Transition, co-edited by Dr. Futamura and Dr. Nadia Bernaz, and published by Routledge in 2014.

    The research subject is unique in focusing on countries in transition — either in the process of democratization or emerging from armed conflicts, where people and society face immense social and political changes. The book examines death penalty issues and cases from Argentina, Cambodia, the Republic of Korea, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Iraq and the Northern African states. These countries face a challenging range of tasks, including restoring and maintaining security, reforming institutions, achieving justice for past violence, reconciliation, and rebuilding infrastructure. In such contexts, quite a few countries abolish the death penalty, face pressure to abolish it, or conversely resort to the death penalty in order to tackle those tasks, as the case of Iraq shows.

    Dr. Futumura will be joined by two discussants: Ms. Kazuko Ito, Attorney at Law and Secretary General, Human Rights Now, and Professor Yasue Mochizuki, School of Law and Politics, Kwansei Gakuin University.

    For more information on the topic, see UNU Policy Brief 9, 2013, which summarizes the book.

    This Library Talk is open to the public and will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. If you wish to attend the event, please contact the UNU Library by email (, phone (03-5467-1359) or fax (03-5467-1360) by 4:00 PM on Thursday, 17 April 2014.