Tuesday 10 October 2017, 13:00-14:30
The Death Penalty and its Injustices Panel Discussion and Q&A
With screening of scenes from 14 Days in May
Venue: Graham Wallas Room (Fifth floor, Old Building, LSE)
Speakers: Clive Stafford Smith, Paul Hamann and Yemi Hailemariam
Chair: Dr Sharon Shalev
What challenges are faced in campaigning against the Death penalty?
What progress has been made with regard to abolishing capital punishment?
What is it like to work for a human rights NGO?
What global changes have been made to the death penalty?
The event “The Death Penalty and its Injustices” will seek to answer these questions, and explore the work carried out against capital punishment.
May 2017 saw the 30th anniversary of the ground-breaking documentary 14 Days in May, a film which follows Edward Earl Johnson, a man sentenced to death in America, in the two weeks leading up to his execution in 1987. Convicted of the murder of a white police officer, Edward protested his innocence until his death. Produced and directed by Reprieve’s Patron Paul Hamann for the BBC, the film crew were given unprecedented access to the prison warden, guards and chaplain, and to Edward and his family. Reprieve founder, Clive Stafford Smith represented Edward on his final appeals and fought to save his life up to the moment of his execution.
To mark World against the Death Penalty Day, LSE will hold a special panel for LSE staff and students in conjunction with Reprieve. The Department of International Development is honoured to host Paul Hamann, Clive Stafford Smith and Yemi Hailemariam who will discuss 14 days in May, their work fighting capital punishment, and how the death penalty landscape has changed over the 30 years. They will also answer questions from the audience.
About the panel:
Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve. He oversees Reprieve’s casework programme, as well as the direct representation of clients in Guantánamo Bay and on death row. In 2000 he was awarded the OBE for humanitarian services and in 2009 Clive was ranked 6th on the list of Britain’s Most Powerful Lawyers (The Times, July 2009)
Paul Hamann is a co-founder and patron of Reprieve.He is the former head of BBC Documentaries & History and has received a BAFTA for Best Documentary Series and the BFI’s Grierson Award for 14 Days in May.
Paul runs his own independent production company, Wild Pictures, and is responsible for many acclaimed, high-rating, prime-time series and one offs for ITV, BBC and Channel 4.
Yemi Hailemariamis the partner of Andy Tsege, a prominent figure in Ethiopian politics who, in June 2014, was kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia on the command of the Ethiopian government, as part of a brutal crackdown on political opponents and civil rights activists. Yemi leads the campaign to get him home to her and their children.
About the chair:
Dr Sharon Shalev is Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University and an Associate at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the LSE. Her key research interest is the use of solitary confinement in prisons and she has authored many publications on the subject including the influential Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement, and an award winning book, Supermax: controlling risk through solitary confinement (2009).
The event is free and open to LSE staff and students only.