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Understanding terrorism through restorative justice

23rd November 2016

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John Braithwaite

John Braithwaite is a Professor and Founder of RegNet (the Regulatory Institutions Network), now School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

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In this new blog on War•Crime•Regulation, John and Val Braithwaite visit Milan to attend a dialogue between convicted Italian terrorists of the 1970s from organisations such as the Red Brigades, and the families of victims.

It was moving, particularly when love was expressed by victims toward offenders who had served long prison terms.

One of the things critics of restorative justice often say is that restorative justice could not be relevant to reconciliation after terrorism or terrorism prevention. My work with Ali Gohar concludes that restorative justice can help prevent terrorism before the event. Now this new Italian work shows that restorative justice can make a profound contribution to reconciliation after terrorism and to learning lessons for the future about how to prevent terrorism based on an understanding of it that only the key stakeholders can communicate.

Read the entire post on War•Crime•Regulation.

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