Source: (1998) Justice as Healing 3 (3).

Behrendt proposes a model for dispute resolution within an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community (Australia). The purpose is to develop an alternative dispute resolution process based on the traditional dispute resolution processes and the values of the indigenous community. This is not the definitive model. It is merely an exercise in developing real alternatives to the legal system. It is an attempt to use creativity and flexibility in the development of legal structures and processes to promote fairness and justice in the outcomes of disputes. It is an example of a possible model that is not merely a transplantation of nonindigenous methods of alternative dispute resolution but a model that is designed to reflect the values of the Aboriginal community.

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