Life Imprisonment and Human Rights Author : Dirk van Zyl Smit Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing Total Pages : 544 Release : 2016-12-01 ISBN 10 : 9781509902231 ISBN 13 : 1509902236 Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL GET BOOK Life Imprisonment and Human Rights Book Description: In many jurisdictions today, life imprisonment is the most severe penalty that can be imposed. Despite this, it is a relatively under-researched form of punishment and no meaningful attempt has been made to understand its full human rights implications. This important collection fills that gap by addressing these two key questions: what is life imprisonment and what human rights are relevant to it? These questions are explored from the perspective of a range of jurisdictions, in essays that draw on both empirical and doctrinal research. Under the editorship of two leading scholars in the field, this innovative and important work will be a landmark publication in the field of penal studies and human rights.