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A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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Death Penalty Worldwide
    Death Penalty Worldwide (DPW) seeks to provide legal practitioners and scholars with critical information about the legal framework and practical application of capital punishment in all nations throughout the world. Established in 2011 by Professor Sandra Babcock, the Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell University Law School, DPW also advocates for the implementation of international human rights standards in death penalty trials and publishes reports and training manuals for professionals involved with death penalty cases throughout the world. The focal point of DPW's website is the Death Penalty Database, which contains detailed information about capital punishment and its application for all nations that maintain the death penalty. Examples of information available include a list of crimes which are punishable by death, the number of death row inmates, date of last execution, prison conditions, and types of individuals excluded from capital punishment (e.g. the mentally ill), and decisions of international human rights bodies. This database is particularly noteworthy because information about death penalty laws and cases can be very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain for some countries, yet DPW researchers have gathered an impressive amount of information from both traditional published sources as well as interviews with legal practitioners around the globe. DPW thus provides an invaluable blend of codified law with a real-life assessment of how the law is applied, along with detailed citations. The database is updated on a rolling basis, with the date of the last revision helpfully posted at the top of the article. Researchers can pull up a profile for a specific country, or tailor search results using the dozens of filters, including the helpful regional search option. Keyword searching is limited, and Boolean terms are not permitted. The “Search Tips” section of the webpage provides good guidance on using the many filters. Note that the database is not geared toward listing death penalty cases except in explaining the overall legal landscape of the country. However, DPW provides a “Resources” tab with links to databases of death penalty cases (under “Electronic Research”), along with other helpful links such as International death penalty organizations, guidelines for international legal research, DPW publications, and a bibliography including lists of United Nations and Amnesty International Reports. In addition, the “International Legal Issues” tab provides descriptions and analysis of critical issues related to capital punishment, including topics such as mental illness, death row conditions, and methods of execution. DPW also has a blog and “DPW in the News” feature linking to interesting articles in the mainstream press about the death penalty. DPW's Death Penalty Database is the star of this website, fulfilling an important role in global death penalty research and advocacy.
    [Author: I. Haight]
    Based in Northern Ireland, is an online forum aimed at educating, advising, counselling and helping to stop bullying, especially cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is the act of using the Internet, cell phones, video games, or other technology gadgets to send, text, or post images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. The website provides a central resource for information about cyber-bullying, with pages designed especially for children and teens, as well as for teachers and parents; there is also a section devoted to workplace bullying. There are facts and statistics about bullying, and extensive information about how to be/stay safe online. A section of the website has information about bullying laws and regulations in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada. It provides the federal statutes that can be used in combatting cyber-bullying as well as links to state laws and policies addressing bullying. Users can subscribe to updates from the site and receive a free copy of the organization's Bullying & CyberBullying e-Book. The site is searchable, and there are social media links to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
    [Author: S. Leers]

InSITE contributors: I. Haight, S. Leers, J. Pajerek (editor)


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