1. Introduction / Madoka Futamura and Nadia Bernaz 2. The politics of the death penalty and contexts of transition : democratization, peacebuilding and transitional justice / Madoka Futamura 3. Democracy, democratization and the death penalty / Christopher Hobson 4. Transitional justice, democratization and the politics of the death penalty in Argentina / Par Engstrom 5. In anticipation of 'liberal democracy' : the abolition of the death penalty in Cambodia / Nina H.B. JØRGENSEN 6. Death penalty moratorium in South Korea : democratic transition and political leadership / Sangmin Bae 7. The death penalty and post-conflict peace-building in the Balkans : the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina / Nada Davis 8. The death penalty in Rwanda : surrounding politics and the ICTR's battle for abolition / Aime Muyoboke Kalimunda 9. The politics of the death penalty in post-conflict Sierra Leone : an opportunity for reform or a missed opportunity? / Mohamed Suma 10. The death penalty and the Iraqi transition : observations on a lost opportunity / Michael Newton 11. Transitional processes and the death penalty in North Africa / Amor Boubakri and Nadia Bernaz 12. Capital punishment in a time of transition / William Schabas.