Anne James, Executive Director, International Justice Project

The Death Penalty in the US: The Sentence with No Appeal

Wed, 04/04/2007
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

Ms. Anne James is the Executive Director of the International Justice Project (IJP), a human rights advocacy and research organization based in the UK. Ms. James holds a BA in International Politics, a Masters degree in International Relations and a Masters degree in International and European Law.

Ms. James advises a number of national and international organizations and is a consultant to the European Union, via the EU presidency, on the use of capital punishment and related human rights issues. Additionally, Ms. James liaises with both military and civilian defense attorneys in Guantanamo Bay cases and has done so since the opening of the base five years ago. Ms. James relates detailed commentary on Guantanamo Bay and related “war on terror” topics to members of the international community.

Ms. James has organized and filed all amicus curiae briefs, in death penalty cases, on behalf of the European Union and Members of the International Community at the United States Supreme Court. These cases include Atkins v. Virginia (the execution of those with mental retardation), Roper v. Simmons (the execution of juvenile offenders) and Medellin v. Dretke (the violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations).

While residing in the US, Ms. James was an adjunct professor at American University's Washington College of Law where she taught a course on the use of capital punishment within the international context. Ms. James was a consultant to Amnesty International USA’s Death Penalty Programme, on both national and international issues, matters of policy, common strategy and research.

Ms. James has written articles relating to the use of capital punishment and juvenile offenders, and the IJP has produced numerous practical resources for use by attorneys and consular officers in the areas of the protection of juvenile offenders, those with mental retardation and those with foreign national status.

In 2006, Ms. James was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to human rights overseas.

Her lecture is co-sponsored with the Lichtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.