Dr Bharat Malkani has been awarded the 2013 Young Scholar Prize by the International & Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ). His article, “The Obligation to Refrain from Assisting the Use of the Death Penalty” was selected by the editorial board of the ICLQ and Cambridge University Press as the most outstanding submission by an author under the age of 35.
Bharat’s article suggests that states that have abolished the death penalty should refrain from being complicit in the use of the death penalty elsewhere. The article is very topical, since the British-based charity Reprieve is currently playing a leading role in helping pharmaceutical manufacturers ensure that their drugs are not used for lethal injections in executions in the USA.
Bharat has been a lecturer in Birmingham Law School since 2008, and he researches and teaches in the field of the death penalty, and in human rights and criminal justice. He also runs the Law School’s Pro Bono Group, which provides free legal services for the local community.