Panel on Death Penalty Abolition
On November 12th, McGill Students for Amnesty International and the PSSA will be hosting a discussion on the contemporary use of the death penalty, with a focus on the United States and Canada. There are currently 30 states in America that still have the death penalty, and although Canada abolished in 1976, the use of prolonged life imprisonment poses an equally grave concern among human rights advocacy groups.
We are proud to have Mugambe Jouet presenting the history and debate around abolition in the United States. This will be followed by an interactive discussion, and petitions by Amnesty International for abolition in Florida.
About the speaker:
"Mugambe Jouet was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School from 2015 to 2018, and is currently completing his PhD at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He further holds a JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from New York University, and a BA in History from Rice University. His research focuses on criminal justice and comparative law from a multidisciplinary perspective encompassing history, sociology, and political science. He is the author of Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other (University of California Press, 2017), a comprehensive book on the relationship between American exceptionalism and the intense polarization of modern America compared to other Western democracies: European nations, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His multiple scholarly articles have notably explored the roots of legal and cultural attitudes toward crime, incarceration, and the death penalty."