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Disrupting the informal-formal justice complex: on the transformative potential of civil mediation, restorative justice and reparations politics.

Woolford, Andrew
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) Contemporary Justice Review. 13(1):5-17.

Among the many ‘informal’ conflict resolution practices currently available within the vast justice market, three stand out: civil mediation, restorative justice and reparations politics. These, in our estimation, are among the most widely discussed and broadly practiced new justice forms within the juridical field. In our recent work, we have sought to identify commonalities among these three ideal types of ‘informal reckoning’, as well as to evaluate their potential to achieve a transformative justice, partly through the medium of change-oriented informal justice counterpublics that move beyond the contemporary confluence of social and legal domination and aspire to create new possibilities for justice that uproot class, race and gender-based inequities. (author’s abstract)


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