Extrajudicial Executions Project

The Extrajudicial Executions Project was established to provide rigorous analysis of international law that protects the right to life, and to support the work of Professor Philip Alston, the Center’s Faculty Director and Co-Chair, as he served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions from August 2004 until July 2010. The project was directed by Sarah Knuckey.

As UN Special Rapporteur on this topic, Alston responded to cases of extrajudicial killings, or summary or arbitrary  executions around the world by holding governments to account where government agents were responsible for killings, or where governments failed to adequately prevent or respond to killings carried out by others. His duties included acting on allegations transmitted to him by victims and their families, engaging governments in constructive dialogue, and providing early warning to the UN Human Rights Council of emerging patterns of unlawful violence.

CHRGJ Faculty Director and Co-Chair Philip Alston giving a press conference during his country visit to Afghanistan in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (May 2008)
CHRGJ Faculty Director and Co-Chair Philip Alston giving a press conference during his country visit to Afghanistan in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (May 2008)

He undertook fact-finding missions to Sri Lanka, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Philippines, Israel, Lebanon, Albania, Kenya, Brazil, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, the United States, Albania, and Ecuador.

For additional information on the Extrajudicial Executions Project and the extensive archive of documents produced by Alston and this research project staff , please visit the project’s website.

People
Philip Alston
CHRGJ Faculty Director & Co-Chair
John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law
UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Selected Documents
Articles and Chapters
February 21, 2014
This Debate Has Been Redacted
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Press Releases and Statements
October 27, 2009
UN expert says impunity is a key cause of illegal killings around the world
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Working Papers (Archived)
January 9, 2006
The Enigma of the ‘Most Serious’ Offenses
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RSVP
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