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 answer and peacemaking, the Pacific Islands offer a fertile surroundings for constructing new techniques to crime and clash. Interactions among formal justice platforms and casual equipment of dispute solution include worthy insights for coverage makers and others drawn to socially attuned resolutions to the issues of order which are discovered more and more within the Pacific Islands as in other places. participants to this quantity contain 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 various backgrounds and contain felony justice practitioners, students, conventional leaders and neighborhood activists. The chapters care for clash in various contexts, from interpersonal disputes inside of groups to large-scale conflicts among groups. this can be a ebook not just of news but in addition of functional types that mix diversified traditions in inventive methods and that provide the possibility of establishing extra sustainable resolutions to crime and clash.

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Echoing a more general criticism of the concept of restorative justice, Rumsey advocates a transformative justice capable of redressing injustices arising from underlying inequalities, as opposed to an inherently conservative restorative justice aimed at restoring the status quo. Aspects of Rumsey’s critique are taken up in a number of other contributions. Reflecting previous criticisms of customary forms of dispute resolution,36 Rita Naviti outlines the dangers of literal forms of restorative justice in societies where men are dominant and women occupy a subordinate role.

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Rape is the denial of a human right that is fundamental to citizens living without fear of being overwhelmed. Of course there are conflicts that are best dealt with in the morally neutral language of conflict and we are best to deal with them restoratively too. But whenever domination produces injustice, the moral obligation of the restorative justice advocate is to argue respectfully, but passionately if need be, for confronting the particular injustice. 6 But it is also clear that restorative justice often fails.

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