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John's blogIntroducing the Braithwaite Blog

John Braithwaite – RegNet founder, champion of restorative justice, and leader of the epic ‘Peacebuilding Compared’ project, has established a new blog on war, crime, and regulation. In his introduction to the blog, John explains how overcoming domination in our world has been a central focus of his work, and the connections between war, crime, and regulation:

War and crime are among the most severe forms of domination that exist. They are both phenomena that cascade from hot spot to hot spot, and they often cascade into each other. Yet the prevention of war makes a significant contribution to the prevention of crime and the prevention of crime contributes to the prevention of war.

[My] work contributes to our understanding of how good governance might reduce the amount of domination in the world – an idea that has been around since the time of the ancient Roman Republic. One way to resist domination is through exposing the connections between unjust inequality, crime and war. Peace based on a continuation of domination, or peace without justice, is rarely sustainable…Read more here.

John’s first post discusses the report produced by Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence released on 30th March. The Commission was chaired by former Judge of the Victorian Supreme Court, Marcia Neave and is, in John’s view, ‘a stupendously impressive piece of social policy’.

Congratulations Shane

Shane, Jeremy, and ‘Law’s rule – Liberia and the rule of law’

Shane, Jeremy, and ‘Law’s rule – Liberia and the rule of law’

We are thrilled to congratulate RegNet PhD scholar and Regarding Rights contributor, Shane Chalmers, on the submission of his PhD earlier this month. Shane’s thesis was supervised by Jeremy Farrall and is titled, ‘Law’s rule – Liberia and the rule of law’. Shane’s research, he says, involved:

asking the question, what takes place in the rule of law?, and more specifically, what is taking place in the rule of law in Liberia? [Through this question] the thesis undertakes a study of the life of law’s rule in a country that is on the frontline of the global spread of powerful ideologies. With Theodor Adorno’s negative-dialectical philosophy as intellectual guide, and based on fieldwork carried out in Liberia and the United States, my thesis examines how these ideologies – above all capitalism – inform the rule of law, and how the rule of law provides a medium for them to take place.

Shane has promised Regarding Rights another blog when he has had a chance to recover from the rigours of finishing his thesis, so we are looking forward to learning more about this fascinating research!

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