The Australian Bar Association has along-standing policy against the imposition of the death penalty, irrespective of the person’s nationality, personal characteristics, the nature of the crime of which they have been convicted, or the time and place of its alleged commission. The ABA opposes the imposition of the death penalty irrespective of the method of execution.

The ABA is committed to the international abolition of the death penalty.

In October 2015 the Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia made a joint submission to the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Inquiry into Australia’s advocacy for abolition of the death penalty.

A copy of the submission can be found here.

Australia’s Advocacy for Abolition of the Death Penalty


May 2016

Forced to Kill – The Mandatory Death Penalty and its Incompatibility with Fair Trial Standards (May 2016)

A report of the International Bar Association’s  Human Rights Institute.