The 2nd Oslo International Symposium on Capital Punishment

Recorded at december 8th, 2012, Gamle festsal.

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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?

Organized by:
Dr. Lill Scherdin and The Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law.

Funded by:
the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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


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


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


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


"Why the Death Penalty is Disappearing: The
changing relation between states and lethal violence",

Professor David Garland, New York University


"The American Death Penalty and the Founders' Eight Amendment",
Professor John D. Bessler, University of Baltimore/Georgetown


"The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure", Professor
Jody Madeira, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University


"Death Penalty and Governance in Japanese History - national and
international perspectives",
Professor Makoto Teranaka, Tokyo


"Death Penalty, Punitiveness and Contemporary Japanese Society",
Professor Koichi Hamai, Ryukoku University Law School


"Japan's isolated death penalty", The Director of
the Centre of Prisoners Rights, Maiko Tagusari



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