A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific by Sinclair Dinnen, Anita Jowitt, Tess Newton

By Sinclair Dinnen, Anita Jowitt, Tess Newton

With their wealthy traditions of clash solution and peacemaking, the Pacific Islands supply a fertile surroundings for constructing new ways to crime and clash. Interactions among formal justice structures and casual equipment of dispute answer comprise valuable insights for coverage makers and others attracted to socially attuned resolutions to the issues of order which are stumbled on more and more within the Pacific Islands as in different places. individuals to this quantity comprise Pacific Islanders from Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea together with Bougainville, in addition to outsiders with a longstanding curiosity within the quarter. they arrive from numerous backgrounds and comprise legal justice practitioners, students, conventional leaders and neighborhood activists. The chapters care for clash in quite a few contexts, from interpersonal disputes inside of groups to large-scale conflicts among groups. it is a publication not just of reports but additionally of functional types that mix diversified traditions in artistic methods and that provide the possibility of establishing extra sustainable resolutions to crime and clash.

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Struggles of Women and Girls — Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea’ Papua New Guinea Department of Attorney General 1999 Dinnen, Sinclair 2001b Jourdan, Christine 1995. ‘Master Liu’ Veramu, Joseph C 1994. Moving Through the Streets Mitchell, Jean 2000. ‘Violence as Continuity: Violence as Rupture — Narratives from an Urban Settlement in Vanuatu’. pp 201–203 Braithwaite, John 1989. Crime, Shame and Reintegration Recommendations of the National Stakeholders Summit on Juvenile Justice, Port Vila, 30th March 2001 — Draft Version.

On this view, we are best to be presumptively restorative and punitive only as a last resort. The world has changed a lot, even since Hitler’s time, in a way that means our restorative traditions are more valuable to us than our retributive traditions. Very little of the warfare since the collapse of the Soviet Union has been within the framework of the Westphalian system of states. Warlords who control fractions of states are more important players than the states’ commanders-in-chief are. This means that the realist deterrence that worked to a degree within the diplomatic norms of the state system has less power.

For example, most restorative justice advocates would see forgiveness, apology, remorse for the perpetration of injustice, healing damaged relationships, building community, recompense to those who have suffered, as important restorative justice values. But there is no prescription that these things must happen for the process to be restorative justice. The explanatory theory of restorative justice is that these things are more likely to happen under a restorative than under a retributive process.

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