Source: (2001) New York University Law School Faculty Colloquium, 24 September.

This presentation by John Braithwaite at a law school colloquium corresponds to his subsequent chapter on the fall and rise of restorative justice in Restorative Justice and Responsive Regulation (Oxford University Press, 2002). As detailed in his colloquium paper, Braithwaite sees restorative justice as a major development in human thought – a development grounded in traditions of justice from ancient Arab, Greek, Roman, Germanic, Hindu, and Asian (Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian) civilizations, religions and philosophies. On these bases, he explains how restorative justice, if taken seriously, involves a very different way of thinking about and dealing with crime, as well as ideas and practices of freedom, democracy, and community.

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