On war, crime and regulation

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18 05 2016

New research on shame in the Scientific American Mind

By | 18 May 2016|Categories: Crime, Shame|

A society that does not have a capacity to shame the war crimes of its leaders without tearing itself apart as a society will perpetrate many war crimes. A society whose schools cannot shame bullying without renting the social fabric of schools, destroying the lives of bullies and victims alike, will have devastating bullying problems. […]

11 05 2016

Rethinking forgiveness

By | 11 May 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

Nicola Lacey and Hanna Pickard[1] draw upon the evolutionary psychology literature in a recent paper to find that both vengeance and forgiveness are universal human adaptations that have evolved as alternative responses to exploitation. This is why all cultures have both retributive traditions (that are more concentrated on out-groups such as invaders) and […]

4 05 2016

New evaluation of responsive regulation

By | 4 May 2016|Categories: Regulation|Tags: , , , |

New ANU Faculty Dr Hai Wu and Dr Stanley Choi recently presented a RegNet seminar on the effectiveness of responsive regulation in securities regulation and financial crisis prevention. This was research of Choi, Chen, Wright and Wu[1] which set out to test the effectiveness of the construction between 1992 and 2006 of the […]

24 04 2016

Lest We Forget Wal, Dick and Joyce

By | 24 April 2016|Categories: War|Tags: , , , , , , |

Today, 25 April, I give the Call to Remembrance at the site of the Sandakan prison camp. From this site the terrible war crime of the Sandakan Death March departed in 1945. My father, Dick Braithwaite, was one of 6 survivors. More than 2400 Australian and British Prisoners of War from the camp perished. Many […]

20 04 2016

“Transitional Justice” for Karadzic?

By | 20 April 2016|Categories: War|Tags: , , , , , |

The conviction of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for genocide in Srebrenica, among other crimes, is a step toward justice after war. Yes, many populists in Serbia have publicly criticized the alleged bias against Serbs of The Hague Tribunal. At the same time, my fieldwork for Peacebuilding Compared with Aleksandar Marsavelski makes it clear that […]

5 04 2016

Responding to family violence and institutional violence: new Australian developments

By | 5 April 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , , |

Australian governments have so often been an international embarrassment to its citizens in recent times. On family and institutional violence, in contrast, they have really begun to grasp the nettle. Former Prime Minister Julia Guillard’s government recognized that Australia had a widespread problem of different kinds of institutions engaging in sexual abuse of those in […]