In 2018, Oxford Criminology and our Partner agency, the London-based, Death Penalty Project (DPP), established a death penalty research internship programme to allow current MSc and DPhil Criminology students to engage in research that will benefit death penalty scholarship worldwide. Under the supervision of Carolyn Hoyle, at Oxford, and Saul Lehrfreund and Parvais Jabbar at the DPP, MSc candidates will conduct research for the benefit of the DPP but that would also meet the requirements of their MSc dissertation. DPhil candidates will engage in longer-term research internships on a topic that might fit with their own research interests but does not need to. DPhil interns are likely to spend some short periods of time working from the DPP offices in London, though they too will be jointly supervised by the Oxford and the DPP team.

2018-19 Research Interns

Amelia Inglis, MSc candidate: ‘Wrongful convictions and the death penalty in the Caribbean’
Amelia Inglis will produce a report on miscarriages of justice and unfair trials in capital cases in the Caribbean. She will develop a research methodology, including a review of the ratio of successful appeals before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, and compile accurate data on capital cases in Caribbean countries over the last three decades.

Anjuli Peters, MSc candidate: ‘Violence against women and the death penalty in the Middle East’
Anjuli Peters will produce a report on women on death row in the Middle East, collecting data on their numbers and the crimes they were convicted for. She will seek to establish the numbers of women who present a defence of ‘battered woman’s syndrome’ or who are convicted for acts committed in retaliation following violence against them.

Lucy Harry, DPhil candidate: ‘Violence against women and the death penalty in Southeast Asia’
Lucy Harry will produce a report on women on death row in Southeast Asia, collecting data on their numbers, the crimes they were convicted for, their vulnerabilities, and (if possible) their experiences of death row.