The 2nd Oslo International Symposium on Capital Punishment

More and more countries have abolished the death penalty. Still, a minority retains an active death penalty practice. What characterizes these retentionist countries internally, regionally and transnationally that may explain why they maintain the death penalty as a form of punishment and strategy of governance?

The 2nd Oslo International Symposium will examine the death penalty in its multifaceted interrelationships to history and society in a global context. Source: stock x chnge


The 8th of December 2012

Venue: Gamle festsal (Old Town Hall), Domus Academica

10.00 am Opening greeting from the Rector of the University of Oslo, professor Ole Petter Ottersen

10.10 am Opening greeting from State Secretary Gry Larsen from the Royal Minister of Foreign affairs

10.20 am Welcome speech by the Head of the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Professor Kristian Andenæs, University of Oslo 

10.25 am Introduction by senior researcher and conference organiser, Dr. Lill Scherdin, University of Oslo

The First Thematic Session on Death Penalty in the United States

Key note speaker:

10.30 am Why the Death Penalty is Disappearing: The changing relation between states and lethal violence.

  • Professor David Garland, New York University  (confirmed)

11.30 Plenary discussion

12.00 The American Death Penalty and the Founders' Eight Amendment

  • Professor John D. Bessler, University of Baltimore/Georgetown (confirmed)

12:45 Plenary Discussion

13:00 The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure

  • Professor Jody Madeira, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University (confirmed)

13:30 Plenary Discussion

13:45 Lunch

The Second Thematic Session: Death Penalty and Japan

Key note speaker: Professor Makoto Teranaka, Tokyo (confirmed).

14:30 Preliminary title: Death Penalty and Governance in Japanese History - national and international perspectives

15:15 Plenary Discussion

15:30 Death Penalty, Punitiveness and Contemporary Japanese Society 

  • Professor Koichi Hamai, Ryukoku University Law School, (confirmed).

16:15 Plenary Discussion

16:30 Preliminary title: The Burning Issue of the Death Penalty Today in Japan

  • The Director of the Centre of Prisoners Rights, Maiko Tagusari (confirmed).

17:00 Plenary discussion

The Symposium closes at 17:30. The dinner reception is 19:00.

The 9th of December 2012 -

The Third Thematic Session: Death Penalty and countries with majority Muslim population


Venue: Domus Nova, Auditorium, 7th Floor.

09.30 Opening address

  • Dr. Lill Scherdin, University of Oslo

Venue day one: Gamle Festsal, Domus Academica. Photo: Francesco Saggio

09:40 Preliminary title: Capital Punishment and Islam

  • Mohammad Habash, Syria (confirmed).

10:25 Plenary Discussion

10:40 Preliminary title: The Death Penalty in Iran - on the mandatory DP in Drug Cases and its Political Uses   

  • Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Spokesperson of Iran Human Rights/University of Oslo (confirmed).

11:25 Plenary Discussion

11:40 Preliminary title: The Influence of the Non DP in International Court - DP in the case of Morocco

  • Professor of Law, Mohammed Ayat, (confirmed).

12:25 Plenary discussion

12:40 Lunch

14:00 Preliminary title: Human Rights, Religions and the Death Peanlty in Indonesia

  • Human rights advocate, jurist Todung Mulya Lubis (confirmed)

14:30 Plenary Discussion

14:45 Preliminary title: Death Penalty, Islam and secularism in Iraq

  • Chairperson for Abolishing Capital Punishment at the Organization of Secularism and defence of civil rights of People of Iraq, Samir Noory, Iraq.(confirmed).

15:15 Plenary Discussion

15:30 Ending the Death Penalty in India - so far, and yet so close

  • Bikram Jeet Batra, Lawyer and Researcher - India (confirmed).

16:15 Plenary Discussion

16:30 Summation

  • Professor emeritus Roger Hood, Oxford University (confirmed).

17:00 Concluding discussion

*Programme is still be open to minor changes. Participation of the political leadership is dependent on the political situation.


Dr. Lill Scherdin and The Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law
Published Mar. 13, 2012 11:38 AM - Last modified Jan. 6, 2014 9:50 AM