Established in 2018, the Eleos Anti-Death Penalty Clinic is a unique opportunity for Monash Law students to engage in death penalty research and advocacy as part of their undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Monash Law.

Students who take part in the Clinic work in small groups under the close supervision of a Clinical Supervisor to undertake case and policy research, provide legal assistance in death row matters (including strategic litigation), and engage in advocacy campaigns in the Asia-Pacific region.

To make real and lasting change, the Clinic strives to:

  • build a pipeline of next-generation researchers and advocates who can continue working towards ending the death penalty,
  • give students the opportunity to work alongside NGOs and lawyers across Asia who require assistance with casework, research, and advocacy briefs, and
  • give students real-life, hands-on experience working under careful guidance and supervision from experienced staff.

Read more about the Clinic’s work to date.

Student projects

World Day Against the Death Penalty

Every year, students of the Eleos Anti-Death Penalty Clinic produce a video for the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty marking World Day Against the Death Penalty. We hope that these videos will raise awareness of the situations in retentionist countries and make a difference in the fight towards global abolition of the death penalty.

The theme of World Day 2021 was women and the death penalty. Watch the video below:

Watch the 2020 video on access to counsel:

Collaborative publications

Justice Project Pakistan is a Lahore-based NGO that represents highly vulnerable prisoners facing the death penalty in Pakistan and overseas. On 10 February 2021, following Justice Project Pakistan's long term strategic litigation campaign challenging the treatment of people with mental illness on death row, the Supreme Court of Pakistan made a landmark judgement in the case of Safia Bano and Others versus The State. This judgement made it unlawful to execute a person with mental illness who is not able to understand the reason for their sentence to death and established safeguards to ensure that persons with mental illness are provided with appropriate protections at all stages of the criminal justice process.

Justice Project Pakistan worked with students of the Eleos Anti-Death Penalty Clinic to develop 'Trapped Inside: Mental Illness and Incarceration’ (March 2022), a report examining the impacts of this landmark judgement at all stages of the criminal justice system. It is hoped that all persons interacting with the criminal justice system - lawyers, judges, experts, those accused of criminal offences, and those convicted - in Pakistan benefit from this resource. Read the report here.

Virtual courses

Eleos Justice has partnered with Project 39A (National Law University Delhi) to create two virtual courses curated for judges, lawyers, and law students.

Forensic Mental Health and Criminal Justice (watch trailer) adopts both legal and forensic psychiatric approaches to examining the relevance of an accused person’s mental health within the criminal justice system and the various stages at which mental health intersects with criminal law.

Decoding Forensics for Legal Professionals (watch trailer) explores the scientific concepts underlying forensic pathology, medical examination in cases of sexual offences, bite mark evidence, and forensic DNA profiling. It also discusses the legal aspects relevant to the submission of such evidence and its examination by courts.

Access the courses here.