A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands

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Sinclair Dinnen, Anita Jowitt, Tess Newton Cain
ANU E Press, 2010 - Law - 308 pages
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With their rich traditions of conflict resolution and peacemaking, the Pacific Islands provide a fertile environment for developing new approaches to crime and conflict. Interactions between formal justice systems and informal methods of dispute resolution contain useful insights for policy makers and others interested in socially attuned resolutions to the problems of order that are found increasingly in the Pacific Islands as elsewhere. Contributors to this volume include Pacific Islanders from Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea including Bougainville, as well as outsiders with a longstanding interest in the region. They come from a variety of backgrounds and include criminal justice practitioners, scholars, traditional leaders and community activists. The chapters deal with conflict in a variety of contexts, from interpersonal disputes within communities to large-scale conflicts between communities. This is a book not only of stories but also of practical models that combine different traditions in creative ways and that offer the prospect of building more sustainable resolutions to crime and conflict.
 

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Contents

An introduction
1
The fundamentals of restorative justice
35
Constructed identity and recalcitrant youth in a Papua New Guinea village
45
Tribal warfare and transformative justice in the new guinea highlands
73
Restorative justice and women in vanuatu
95
Vanuatu law the police and restorative justice
101
Restorative programs in the formal justice system of vanuatu
105
Conflict resolutionin a multicultural urban setting in papua new guinea
109
The lakalakabulu area council of chiefs in vanuatu
145
Informal justice in law and justice reform in the pacific region
165
Restorative justice in the solomon islands
177
Bougainville womens role in conflict resolution in the bougainville peace process
195
Restorative justice in bougainville
215
restorative justice bougainville style
255
Epilogue some thoughts on restorative justice and gender
265
References
280

A collaborative effort
115
a womens initiative
123
The vanuatu cultural centresjuvenile justice project
139
Index
293
About the editors
309
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