You can register for upcoming events at the links below.

Practitioners interested in presenting at our regular Conversation Series events are encouraged to contact Mai Sato (

Upcoming Events

Please join us for World Day Against Death Penalty. CPJP presents a discussion between writer Sally Warhaft and Kylie Moore-Gilbert, academic and author of “The Uncaged Sky: My 804 days in an Iranian prison” on Thursday, 13 October @17:30AEST. Register to attend here.

 Follow us on Twitter @cpjp_org_au, LinkedIn and on Facebook to keep up with our events program.


Our joint initiative with Monash University, Eleos Justice, will also be hosting a World Day Against the Death Penalty event, ‘The Fragility of Abolition in Asia and the Pacific’ on Monday, 10 October @16:00AEST. You can register here.

Past Events

Centenary of abolition of the death penalty in Queensland

CPJP and partners celebrated the centenary of abolition of the death penalty in Queensland on 1 August 2022, and proudly launched the republication of The Penalty is Death: Capital Punishment in the Twentieth Century, Retentionist and Abolitionist Arguments With Special Reference to Australia, Barry Jones (ed). To purchase a copy of the book, please email


Human Rights Day

CPJP held our Human Rights Day event with Minter Ellison on Thursday, 9 December. The event showcased artistic impressions of individuals at risk of execution/extrajudicial killing confronting their changed reality in Afghanistan post the Taliban takeover. Click here to see the video recording. Our inspiring speakers were:

Muzafar Ali, Hazara photographer and human rights activist from Afghanistan, and director of a refugee led program in Indonesia and Thailand.

Azadah Raz Mohammad, PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and legal scholar from Afghanistan who has worked in close collaboration with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Afghan Ministry of Justice,

Shaike ‘I am art’ Snir, artist and art collector, who discussed the meaning of the artwork Friends by Yosl Bergner, and its relevance to Human Rights Day and the themes of CPJP’s Afghanistan initiative. 

The event was moderated by film producer and director of Savage Films, Maggie Miles.

There continues to be an opportunity to bid for a special piece of art, Friends by Yosl Bergner. Proceeds will go to our Afghanistan initiative. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a piece of art.

Artwork produced by child of individual at risk in Afghanistan


28 July 2022: China – Execution by Organ Removal. Matthew Robertson in discussion with Mai Sato about his recent research with Jacob Lavee, which shines a spotlight on the practice of executions by organ removal in China.

You can watch the event here.

11 November 2021: Sentencing Principles in Indonesia’s Draft Criminal Code Bill. Dr Jeremy J Kingsley hosts Dr Rifqi S Assegaf and Anugerah Rizky Akbari in a discussion about the key features of the sentencing principles in Indonesia’s draft Criminal Code Bill. 

You can watch the event here.

23 September 2021: Jeed Basyouni (Reprieve) and Sayed Alwadaei (Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy)

Read the latest Eleos Justice blog, Anti-Death Penalty Advocacy in the MENA Region.

You can watch the event here.

18 August 2021: Professor Michael Hor, Death Penalty Policy and Practice in Singapore

15 July 2021: Professor William Schabas, Middlesex University, London

3 June 2021: Death Penalty Holdouts in the South Pacific with Associate Professor Daniel Pascoe 

1 April 2021: Sarah Belal, Death Penalty in Pakistan 

10 February 2021: Ambika Satkunanathan, Fellow of the Open Society Foundations (2020-2021) and Catherine Heard, Director, World Prison Research Programme, Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research, Birkbeck, University of London 

26 November 2020: Dr Christopher Ward SC, Issues Concerning the Reintroduction of the Death Penalty in the Philippines 

World Day Against the Death Penalty with Sister Helen Prejean

Thanks to The Julian Wagner Memorial Fund & Australians Against Capital Punishment 

Eleos Justice, Launch Event

8 October 2020: CPJP & Monash University

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