Increasingly research in this area has begun to focus on Asia. Hood and Hoyle’s work, funded in part by the EU, has had a significant impact on reforms in China (see the Impact Case study ‘The Death Penalty in China – the road to reform’). Their work has been influential in various ways in Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. A Spanish translation of Hood & Hoyle's The Death Penalty will be published in September 2017.

The Oxford team works closely with partner agencies, including the Death Penalty Project and Reprieve, and has held knowledge exchange events with Amnesty International, Amicus, and Penal Reform International, as well as other not-for-profit organisations. Professor Hoyle has been working with National Law University Delhi, the Death Penalty Project, London, and Dr Mai Sato of Reading Univeristy on an elite opinion survey on the death penalty of retired Supreme Court judges. The Report in due out in October 2017.

For information on conferences, presentations, and publications, please follow the Centre for Criminology’s blog and twitter feed: @OxfordCrim, and Professor Carolyn Hoyle's twitter feed: @CarolynHoyle1


  • Roger Hood and C Hoyle, The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective (5th edn Oxford University Press 2015)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-870173-6