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This event is for anyone interested in the Internship in Capital Punishment Studies or learning more about the death penalty.

The internship in Capital Punishment Studies provides opportunities for students and practitioners to gain knowledge and experience whilst supporting the activities of organisations involved with capital punishment issues as well as those representing death row inmates. Approximately 10 overseas placements in the British Caribbean Commonwealth and Africa will be offered and they are NOT restricted to those with a law background.

Admission free. Legal practitioners requiring a (2 hours) CPD certificate: £50.

Places are limited - Please register your place in advance

Programme

Registration from 1230 hrs in Fyvie Hall

1pm Welcome and introduction by the Chairman Barrie Sander
CCPS Intern, Uganda
rainee Solicitor Herbert Smith
1.15pm Peter Hodgkinson OBE
Director
Centre for Capital Punishment Studies
“Capital Punishment: a critique of the issues”
1.45pm Nigel Eastman
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
Professor of Law and Ethics, St. George's Hospital Medical School
“Medicine: its relationship with the death penalty”
2.15pm Kerry Ann Akers
CCPS Intern, Uganda
"Reflections of capital punishment strategies in Uganda”
2.25pm Q&A
2.40pm Refreshments
3pm Margaret Dudgeon
CCPS Intern, Malawi
Advocate, Isle of Man
"Critique of capital litigation practice in Malawi”
3.20pm Peter Carter QC
18 Red Lion Court
“Caribbean capital punishment: review of current legal issues”
3.50pm Patrick Gallahue
Human Rights Analyst, International Harm Reduction Association                 
“The Death Penalty and International Support for Drug Enforcement”
4.20pm Q&A and Plenary
Barrie Sander

Speaker bios

Kerry Anne Akers

Following completion of the LLB, Kerry Akers interned with the CCPS in Uganda in 2007, where she assisted with litigation strategy in the Kigula case and compiled mitigation pleas for death row inmates. Following completion of an LLM in Human Rights Law, Kerry undertook a second internship in Uganda with the CCPS where she initiated projects with a local NGO focusing largely on legal aid and mental health care for death row inmates. Kerry is now a volunteer researcher for the CCPS and an advisor to the charity Babies in Prison. She works full time for a legal aid law firm on prisoner's rights issues.

Peter Carter

Peter Carter was Called to the Bar in 1974; appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1995; Chair Bar Human Rights Committee 2003-2005; Master of the Bench, Gray's Inn, 2003 and Chair, Gray’s Inn Advocacy & Continuing Education Committee, 2008-2009. He is a trustee of the British Institute of Human Rights and of Fair Trials International and a patron of Amicus.
He undertakes all types of criminal law work either for defence or prosecution, but with the principal emphasis upon fraud, terrorism, homicide and trafficking. He represented one of the defendants in the July 21st 2005 terrorism case and has appeared for the defence in other terrorism cases. He is on the panel of Special Advocates and acted as special advocate in the case of Bourgass and others at the Old Bailey (the ricin case). His interest in, and knowledge of, international human rights law adds another area to his practice, including work pro bono before the Privy Council in appeals from the Caribbean and associated work in the Caribbean itself. He has appeared before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and the Social Rights group of the EU Parliament.
Amongst his frequent lectures to practitioners are those to counter-terrorism officers on procedural and human rights aspects of counter-terrorism policing. He delivered a series of lectures in Malawi to senior lawyers involved in death penalty cases in various African countries in 2004, which was followed the next year by a parallel series of lectures to judges from the same countries on international human rights and the application of international law in domestic criminal proceedings.

Peter Carter is ranked as a leading criminal silk by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession, which has commented "he is at the top of many solicitors' lists."

Margeret Dudgeon

Margaret Dudgeon is an Advocate who was called to the Isle of Man Bar in 2008. In 2009 she undertook an internship with CCPS and was placed with the Legal Aid Department in Lilongwe, Malawi. She subsequently returned to Malawi in May of this year to continue working for the Malawi Legal Aid Department where she carried out research in the prisons in collaboration with the Malawi Prison Service and Paralegal Advisory Service into prison conditions and health care. She is currently undertaking an advanced master’s degree in Public International Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Nigel Eastman

Nigel Eastman is Professor of Law and Ethics in Psychiatry in the University of London and Head of Forensic Psychiatry at St. George’s, University of London. He is also an Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the National Health Service. Alongside his medical training he was called to the Bar, in Gray’s Inn, in 1976. He has carried out research and published widely on the relationship between law and psychiatry, whilst also having nearly thirty years experience of clinical forensic psychiatry. He has extensive experience of acting as an expert witness in both criminal and civil proceedings, in England and Wales and in the jurisdictions of other countries. He has assessed many Caribbean ‘death row’ cases in relation to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Much of his work has been concerned with matters of public policy and, for example, he has given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees on law and psychiatry. He is currently a Member of the Criminal Law Advisory Working Party of the Law Commission. He is also an expert Member of the Foreign Secretary’s International Death Penalty Panel.

Patrick Gallahue

Patrick Gallahue is a Human Rights Analyst at the International Harm Reduction Association. He joined the International Harm Reduction Association in 2009, and his work focuses on the death penalty for drug offences. Previously, Patrick spent seven years as a journalist in New York City, winning several local and national awards. He holds a bachelors degree from Long Island University, and an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Peter Hodgkinson

Peter Hodgkinson entered the university world via employment in the Inner London Probation service where he developed an interest and expertise in working with life sentenced and mentally disordered offenders. His experience of working with offenders, and a stint as Forensic Social Work Adviser have informed both his teaching and the establishment of the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies [CCPS] in 1992 of which he is Founder and Director.  He is a founding member of the Foreign Secretary’s Death Penalty Panel and Expert on capital punishment to the Council of Europe and has authored numerous academic texts on various aspects of the death penalty. He has worked closely with governments and NGOs in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Japan, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Morocco, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine and Vietnam. In H. M. Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2004 he was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [OBE] for his work promoting human rights.

Barrie Sander

Barrie Sander is a graduate in Law from Jesus College, University of Cambridge and post-graduate in public international law (cum laude) from Leiden University. Between October and December 2009, Barrie was a CCPS intern in Uganda, where he was legal adviser to a local NGO on several projects focused on assisting prisoners in the condemned (death row) section of Luzira prison in Kampala. Since his internship, Barrie has undertaken a legal fellowship in the Ministry of Justice of Liberia where he focused on updating Liberia’s corrections system. He is now a Trainee Solicitor at Herbert Smith where he remains actively engaged in a wide range of pro bono work.