The Death Penalty Project (DPP) is a non-profit organisation based at the London law firm Simons Muirhead Burton LLP. Our main purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of those facing the death penalty in all jurisdictions, with particular reference to those countries which retain the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London as their final Court of Appeal and other Commonwealth countries (Caribbean, Africa and Asia).
Our main activities include:-
- Litigation – broadly, this involves seeking legal restrictions and securing lawful alternative sentences to the death penalty; challenging serious miscarriages of justice; protecting vulnerable individuals; and, supporting foreign nationals charged under unfamiliar regimes.
- Capacity building - enhancing expertise of mental health (forensic experts) and legal professionals (members of the judiciary, defence lawyers and prosecutors) in local jurisdictions on issues relating to the death penalty through training activities and provision of resource material.
- Publications and research – commissioning and producing original studies to raise awareness of criminal justice and human rights issues relating to the death penalty.
- Consultation and dialogue – providing expert advice and information to governments and key stakeholders to promote better-informed debates.