Life Imprisonment and Human Rights by Dirk van Zyl Smit and Catherine Appleton, eds.

Portland: Hart Publishing, 2016
  • Mika Obara-MinnittEmail author
Book Review

Life Imprisonment and Human Rights,edited by Dirk van Zyl Smit and Catherine Appleton, is a welcome addition to the literature on crime and punishment, focusing on the legitimacy of life imprisonment with or without parole from a human rights perspective. The major strength of this volume is that it provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of how life imprisonment has been imposed, restricted, or abolished worldwide. The work is composed of six main parts: 1) Life imprisonment in the US and six countries in Latin America; 2) Life imprisonment without parole in Australia, Uganda, India, Netherlands, Hungary, and France; 3) Life imprisonment and its incompatibility with the European Convention of Human Rights through the case study of England and Wales, Belgium, and Ireland; 4) Case study of countries which do not have life imprisonment in their criminal justice system: Portugal, Brazil, and 13 countries in Latin America); 5) Countries which have (re)introduced life...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Asian Cultural StudiesInternational Christian UniversityTokyoJapan

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