Civil war raged in El Salvador between 1980 and 1992. Many victims of the war fled as refugees to the United States, particularly Los Angeles. Young Salvadorean men from peasant backgrounds were often pushed around and humiliated on the streets of Los Angeles by Mexican gangs who ridiculed the way they spoke Spanish, for example. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
Nicola Lacey and Hanna Pickard 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 […]
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 […]