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1 July 2016, New York –  On Monday, 11 July, the European Union will host the a discussion on the Death Penalty – Global Trends and National Pathways, the first in series of talks on human rights, as part of the year-long #EU4HumanRights campaign.


DEATH PENALTY – Global Trends and National Pathways

The first in a series of EU@UNTalks, a platform for interactive discussion on topics on the global human rights agenda. Taking in experiences from different corners of the world, EU@UNTalks is part of the year-long #EU4HumanRights campaign

Monday, 11 July from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, followed by a reception

European Union Delegation to the United Nations – 666 Third Avenue, 31st floor

RSVP required by Friday, 8 July, email

Host: H.E. Mr. João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations


H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba, Minister of Justice of Senegal

Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights

Mr. Ivan Šimonović, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights

Moderator: Professor Bernard E. Harcourt, Professor of Law and Political Science and Director, Columbia University Center for Contemporary Critical Thought


In 1945, eight countries had abolished the death penalty. In 1978, that number had increased to 16. Today the vast majority of countries have either abolished the death penalty or established moratoriums. As of December 2015, over 140 countries, or more than two-thirds of all States, were abolitionist in law or practice.

In our discussion, we will consider how the world has been moving away from the death penalty and what the global outlook might be. What national pathways exist to ending the death penalty? What role do moratoriums and national debates play on the way to abolition? Is this trend sustainable in the long-term or can it be reversed?

There will be simultaneous interpretation from French to English. Seating is limited.

  • Ref: CAL16-020EN
  • EU source: European Union
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  • Date: 01/07/2016

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