Anti-Death Penalty Advocacy: A Lawyer’s View From Australia


This article reviews the executions of Australians in the region and the Australian responses over the past two decades. Informed by the author’s legal defence role in death penalty cases in Singapore and Indonesia, the article explores developments in anti–death penalty advocacy since 2015: the parliamentary enquiry, the ‘whole of government’ strategy led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the efforts made by Australia and Australians in Asia.

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Published: 2022-09-01
Pages:12 to 22
Section:Special Issue: Death Penalty Politics
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How to Cite
McMahon SC, J. (2022) “Anti-Death Penalty Advocacy: A Lawyer’s View From Australia ”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 11(3), pp. 12-22. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.2472.

Author Biography


Julian McMahon SC is at the Victorian Bar. Since 2002 he has been involved in death penalty work, acting for clients, working in areas of policy and public advocacy. For a number of years he was the President of The Capital Punishment Justice Project and now serves on the their Committee of Ambassadors. He has spoken in many countries on the death penalty, at UN, Commonwealth, government, NGO and University events.