On 9 December 2017, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) hosted an international conference on “Death Penalty in Asia Pacific: Reassessing the Contemporary Challenges to its Abolition” in collaboration with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University and the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. Hon'ble Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, Judge, Supreme Court of India was the Chief Guest at the conference amongst many other leading experts and academics. Justice Sikri delivered the presidential address during the conference. Delivering the keynote address Professor Sarah Joseph, Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, remarked, "There is no real evidence that the death penalty deters and therefore, there is no evidence that it saves other lives. I would say the burden of proof is on those who want to justify the death penalty sentence and I don't think they can satisfy the burden of proof." Other speakers during the conference included: Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor, JGU; Mr. Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Founder, Human Rights Law Network; Mr. Anand Grover, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Mr. Venkatesh Nayak, Coordinator, Access to Information Programme, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI).