LLM The Death Penalty in Law and Practice

Group of students studying togetherModule leader: Dr Bharat Malkani

Module description:

This module considers the law and practice relating to the administration of the death penalty worldwide. We explore how international law has regulated the use of the death penalty, and has moved towards prohibition of the death penalty. We will assess how international law has affected the use of the death penalty worldwide. Particular attention will be paid to the experiences of the United States of America, and the history of the death penalty in the UK will be examined too.

The module explores the penological justifications for the death penalty, the legal and moral arguments against the death penalty, and how these arguments manifest themselves in law and practice.

Methods of assessment

Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.


  • One 6000 word essay


  • One 3-hour written examination  

If you'd like to find out how a module will be assessed in the forthcoming academic year please contact the LLM Programmes Administrator at Law-LLM@contacts.bham.ac.uk.



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