Source: (2000) The Culliton Lecture, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, September 1999; Saskatchewan Law Review 63(1), 185-194

Braithwaite addresses the specific difficulties and complexities of restorative justice in contexts in which an offender is from one culture and the victim is from another. He identifies the tension between restorative justice and social justice for Indigenous people whose lives and culture have been disrupted by colonialism, slavery, and immigration. In this context, he proposes that restorative justice may be more useful for avoiding harm than for doing good.