Monthly Archives: February 2014

Whole life terms and the relationship between compassion and punishment

Earlier this month, in R v McLoughlin and Newell [2014] EWCA Crim 188 the Court of Appeal ruled that ‘whole life’ terms for murder did not violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, because (i) such a term was not ‘irreducible’ and (ii) the conditions for ‘reducibility’ were sufficiently certain. The Grand […]