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About John Braithwaite

John Braithwaite leads the 'Peacebuilding Compared' project and is the founder of RegNet (the Regulatory Institutions Network) at the Australian National University.
14 09 2016

Restorative Justice and Healing the Environment

By | 14 September 2016|Categories: Environment, Healing, Restorative Justice|Tags: |

I like the opening essay in the latest issue of Restorative Justice: An International Journal by Elmar Weitekamp and Stephan Parmentier. It argues that if we are to define just one core value of restorative justice, this is healing.

Of course, to be healing, restorative justice needs to be relational, reparative, procedurally fair, nurturant […]

3 08 2016

The Frustrations of Royal Commissions

By | 3 August 2016|Categories: Crime, Reconciliation, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: , , |

Australians were rightly ashamed last week to see the Four Corners program on brutality against children at the Don Dale Detention Centre in the Northern Territory. Yes, it is to our credit as a people that we can feel national disgust at this and establish a Royal Commission to report on what we need […]

26 07 2016

Was this the biggest restorative justice meeting known?

By | 26 July 2016|Categories: Nonviolence, Reconciliation, Restorative Justice, War|Tags: , , , |

During the campaign against blood feuds in Kosovo the largest reconciliation meeting was a gathering at Verrat e Llukës on 1 May 1990 where even the official Tanjung Agency of the Yugoslav regime reported 100,000 participants. Leaders of the reconciliation guessed 500,000 in the crowd. Parts of this event can be viewed in the following video: […]

18 07 2016

Compassion as a value in security sector reform and counterterrorism

By | 18 July 2016|Categories: Counterterrorism, Crime, Peace, War|Tags: , , , |

The images in this news story  and towards the end of this video reveal in an inspiring way that compassion is a critical virtue for the security sector in times of crisis.

There were also reports of a Turkish soldier beheaded by a mob. But many more of unarmed citizens peacefully, firmly […]

13 07 2016

Fixing profit shifting to avoid tax

By | 13 July 2016|Categories: Governance, Regulatory Capitalism, Responsive Regulation, Tax, Tax avoidance, Taxation reform|Tags: , , , , |

Around the turn of the century, the Australian Tax Office took some rather effective responsive regulatory initiatives to counter profit shifting by multinational corporations. The measures involved negotiating with major accounting firms and targeted companies who were paying little or no tax to display to them a regulatory pyramid of escalated monitoring and sanctions unless […]

6 07 2016

Northern Ireland: duty of hope

By | 6 July 2016|Categories: Peace, Restorative Community, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice, War|Tags: , , , , , , |

Over nine days in late May-June 2016, Derick Wilson, Kirsty Campbell and John Braithwaite had thirty meetings with diverse public, political, civic and community organisations in Belfast, Dublin, Derry and Ballycastle. These meetings were hosted by two reconciliation charities, the Understanding Conflict Trust and the Corrymeela Community on the theme of ‘The Politics of Hope and […]

29 06 2016

Restorative Justice and Democracy

By | 29 June 2016|Categories: Democracy, Gender, Governance, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: , , , , , |

I recently published in Raisons Politiques an article entitled: ‘Deliberative Republican Hybridity through Restorative Justice’ (in French and English).

It argues for a hybrid between deliberative democracy and Philip Pettit’s ideal of contestatory democracy in which contestatory democracy is contested by deliberative democracy. Drawing on the experience with democracy of India and other countries, the […]

22 06 2016

David Levi-Faur and “Regulation & Governance”

By | 22 June 2016|Categories: Governance, Regulation, Regulatory Capitalism|Tags: , , , , |

No one has made a larger contribution than David Levi-Faur to networked building of the strength of the regulatory studies community of scholars, especially in Europe and in political science, but much more widely as well.

David Levi-Faur in office David Levi-Faur in office

David has […]

15 06 2016

Two simple tax reforms

By | 15 June 2016|Categories: Regulation, Tax, Taxation reform|Tags: , |

Most tax reform is complicated to both understand, and to figure out what its real effect would be. Here I advocate two simple reforms that would not necessarily solve any of the major challenges of tax reform, but that would help with its biggest challenges.

One is to dramatically increase taxes on real estate—on both private […]

8 06 2016

Iran: restorative justice and principled engagement

By | 8 June 2016|Categories: Crime, Criminal Law, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: , , , , |

For 24 days in May I enjoyed wonderful hospitality in Iran as a guest of Dr Mohammad Farajiha of Tarbiat Modares University. With his inspiring group of graduate students, Dr Farajiha organized a culminating conference in Tehran on Restorative Justice in Iran*, which was attended by visiting scholars from Iraq, the UK, […]