On war, crime and regulation

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10 10 2016

China and the challenges of consumer product safety

By | 10 October 2016|Categories: Regulation, Regulatory Capitalism|Tags: |

On p. 536 of Christopher Hodges’ important new book, Law and Corporate Behaviour (2015), there is an arresting fact from the European Commission’s pan-EU Rapid Alert System for non-food product safety (RAPEX).

China was the country of origin for 1459 product safety alerts in 2013. The second most common source was “Unknown” with […]

27 09 2016

Intimate Histories of War

By | 27 September 2016|Categories: Peace, War, War crimes|Tags: , |

This is a week of Braithwaite family remembrance of the suffering of war

Dr Brendan Nelson, at the Australian War Memorial on 28 September, will launch my brother Dick’s splendid book on the Sandakan Death March that took the life of our mother’s first husband, Wal Blatch. Our father Dick Braithwaite was one of six Death […]

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 […]

24 08 2016

Ethical compliance management

By | 24 August 2016|Categories: Compliance, Regulation, Regulatory Capitalism|

by Bill Dee and John Braithwaite

Both of us have dedicated big parts of our lives to advocacy for compliance management in corporate Australia and internationally. We take some satisfaction in the way this aspect of corporate social responsibility has developed. Yet we have one big worry

—that the compliance management field has become too narrowly focused […]

19 08 2016

Restorative justice

By | 19 August 2016|Categories: Responsive Regulation, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: |

In this short video John Braithwaite provides a succinct summary of the meaning of restorative justice and how it can be part of a healing process. As John says in this excerpt;

Restorative justice is about outside-in design, where the insiders are not telling us how to regulate our lives all the time, but we’re coming up […]

16 08 2016

The Nauru Files

By | 16 August 2016|Categories: Democracy, Governance, Human Rights, Refugees|Tags: , , |

More than 1200 asylum seekers remain incarcerated on Nauru and Manus Island in PNG, under the Australian Government’s draconian policy of  ‘stopping the boats’ and ‘regional processing’. And it’s not just the current government.

As Waleed Aly pointed out in his Comment in the Age on 28 April 2016, Australia’s policy on asylum seekers […]

4 08 2016

The disgrace of Australian juvenile justice again

By | 4 August 2016|Categories: Crime, Juvenile Justice, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: , |

Guest blog by Val Braithwaite, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University.

We are extremely proud of Sharynne Hamilton  who completed an Indigenous internship with RegNet while she was doing her Honours degree.

Sharynne has suspended her PhD at RegNet to work on a project on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders among children […]

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 […]