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 setting for constructing new techniques to crime and clash. Interactions among formal justice structures and casual equipment of dispute answer comprise worthwhile insights for coverage makers and others drawn to socially attuned resolutions to the issues of order which are chanced on more and more within the Pacific Islands as in other places. members 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 zone. they arrive from a number of backgrounds and comprise legal justice practitioners, students, conventional leaders and group activists. The chapters care for clash in various contexts, from interpersonal disputes inside groups to large-scale conflicts among groups. this can be a publication not just of news but additionally of useful versions that mix various traditions in artistic methods and that provide the possibility of creating extra sustainable resolutions to crime and clash.

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He observes how the requirements of formal legal justice and intercommunal reconciliation appear to be increasingly at odds in the context of recent political developments. Creating the appropriate conditions for peacebuilding between indigenous Fijian and Indo-Fijian communities is an important priority. To this end, Ratuva introduces the Fijian practice of veisorosorovi as a possible model that could be adapted for this purpose. Veisorosorovi helped promote social stability and peace in indigenous Fijian communities by reconciling parties to conflict and is a process with distinctly restorative characteristics.

The then Police Commissioner, Peter Bong, points to the strength of kastom law and the continuing role of chiefs as arbiters of disputes in Vanuatu. He also emphasises the limited sense of ownership of Western laws that have been adopted from colonial times. For Commissioner Bong, community policing offers strong restorative prospects and should involve close consultation with chiefs and community leaders and the encouragement of informal settlements of minor disputes. Among other things, such an approach provides an important way of overcoming a long history of poor police/community relations.

There is a lot of other normative content to restorative justice. 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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