Comparative Study of Cruel and Unusual Punishment: In International Conventions, The United States And Iran

Date of Award

Spring 2008

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Law (SJD)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Dr. Professor Sompong Sucharitkul

Second Advisor

Professor Franklin E. Zimring, J.D.

Third Advisor

Professor Myron Moskovitz, J.D.


This work explores the question of what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment on an international level. It reviews current practices in both Iran and the United States, focusing on the death penalty and the harshness of such practices as corporal punishment, long terms of imprisonment, and inflexible laws mandating punishment. Punishments are particularly examined in light of the universal declaration of human rights.


This dissertation was published as, Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Comparative Perspective in International Conventions, the United States and Iran (Vandeplas Publishing, 2009) and is available for purchase here.

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