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Conflicts and geographical flashpoints around the world: The effective application of restorative justice and peacemaking criminological perspectives.

Hanser, Robert
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Contemporary Justice Review. 12(2): pg. 191-205.

The means by which a peacemaking paradigm and restorative justice principles
can be applied to international conflicts are explored. The utility of peacemaking
criminology in areas of war-torn Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East are
highlighted. Using Fuller’s peacemaking pyramid paradigm, a multi-pronged
message of nonviolence, social justice, and inclusion of diverse cultural groups is emphasized. The application of both peacemaking criminology and restorative
justice is presented as being workable to acknowledge the real pain, sorrow, and
inequity that are experienced among the aggrieved around the world. Further, the
spiritual and humanist elements of peacemaking criminology are emphasized,
demonstrating that peacemaking criminology is uniquely suited to resolving
conflict rooted in religious differences around the globe. The restorative justice
emphasis on healing, bringing victims and offenders together, and making
communities whole is shown as an effective adjunct and a natural partner to
peacemaking approaches.


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