A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands

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Sinclair Dinnen, Anita Jowitt, Tess Newton Cain
Pandanus Books, 2003 - Dispute resolution - 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, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea including Bougainville, as well as outsiders with a longstanding interest in the region. They come from a variety of background 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 offer the prospect of building more sustainable resolutions to crime and conflict.

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Sinclair Dinnen is a Senior Fellow of the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project within the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University. He has a PhD in law from The Australian National University and is the author of Law and Order in a Weak State Crime and Politics in Papua New Guinea published by the University of Hawaii Press. As well as holding a position at the National Research Institute in Port Moresby and teaching law at the University of Papua New Guinea, he has worked as a law and justice adviser to the government of Papua New Guinea and also as an adviser on the Solomon Islands Peace Process.

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