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Death Penalty Worldwide (DPW) was founded in April 2011 by Professor Sandra Babcock, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell University Law School, in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Death Penalty Worldwide aims to bridge critical gaps in research and advocacy around the death penalty. First, it provides comprehensive, transparent data regarding death penalty laws and practices in the 93 countries and territories that retain capital punishment. Second, it publishes reports and manuals on issues of practical relevance to defense lawyers, governments, courts and organizations grappling with questions relating to the application of the death penalty, particularly in the global south. Third, it engages in targeted advocacy focusing on the implementation of international fair trial standards and the rights of those who come into conflict with the law, including juveniles, women, and individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses.