Current Members

Carolyn Hoyle has been researching and teaching on the death penalty for over 15 years. The fifth edition of her book, (jointly authored with Roger Hood), The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015 and has been translated into Spanish, Persian and Chinese. She has supervised six doctoral degrees on the death penalty, and many Masters’ theses. She has recently completed a pilot study of Foreign Nationals at Risk of Capital Punishment in Malaysia and plans further similar work across other South and Southeast Asian jurisdictions. She is currently working with The Death Penalty Project on public and ‘elite’ opinion research on the death penalty in Indonesia, Zimbabwe and Taiwan. 

Parvais Jabbar is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Death Penalty Project. He has for over two decades represented individuals facing the death penalty around the world at the appellate level and before international bodies. A recognised expert on the death penalty and human rights law, he has an MBE for his services to international human rights.

Saul Lehrfreund is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Death Penalty Project. He has dedicated his career to representing prisoners facing the death penalty in criminal and constitutional proceedings and also before international tribunals and courts. He is a leading authority on capital punishment and international human rights law and has an MBE for services to international human rights

Daniel Cullen is Research Officer in the DPRU, where he is responsible for the administration of the Unit and is Managing Editor of the DPRU blog. He previously worked in the Strategic Litigation team at Amnesty International, supporting the organisation’s programme of international human rights litigation, and as a Programme Assistant at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) in Geneva, with a focus on the death penalty and children’s rights. He has also worked with the Geneva-based organisation HURIDOCS, which specialises in human rights information management, and completed the graduate research attaché scheme at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) in Nairobi. He holds an LLM Qualifying Law Degree (with Distinction) from Birkbeck, University of London and a BA History and Economics from SOAS, University of London.

Jocelyn Hutton is a Research Officer in the DPRU. She leads the Mapping Death Row project, researching foreign nationals sentenced to death across the Middle East and Asia. Jocelyn was also called to the Bar in England and Wales in 2013. 

Dr Lucy Harry is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the DPRU working on the ‘Mapping the Political Economy of Drugs and the Death Penalty in Southeast Asia’ project. Her doctoral research focused on cases of women sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Malaysia. As part of this, she conducted empirical research in Kuala Lumpur, and was a Visiting Scholar at Monash University, Malaysia. Her DPhil was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship, and she was the Gregory Kulkes Scholar in Law at Balliol College, Oxford. Lucy holds a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Distinction) from the University of Oxford, and a First-Class undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. 

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DPRU Research Students and Affiliates

DPRU Research Interns

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