The peacebuilding compared project

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United Nations, African Union and other peacekeeping has grown. What are the kinds of interventions that create wars and make things worse for people? How can peacebuilding contribute to justice and development? How do war and peace cascade from one hot spot to another? How can peacebuilding be locally responsive and restorative as it transforms structural causes of war?

Peacebuilding Compared targets substantial fieldwork on these questions in 50 countries for at least 60 wars since 1990. Over 700 variables are coded for each war. Specific wars also stand alone as contextually rich accounts of successes and failures of peace.

The Australian Research Council has funded Peacebuilding Compared since 2004. 26 conflicts now have preliminary coding and sustainability of peace will be followed for 20 years (until 2030). The aim is a unique hybrid of ethnographic and quantitative research. Peacebuilding Compared is led by John Braithwaite, who drives all fieldwork in collaboration with more expert co-authors and PhD scholars, usually citizens of the wartorn society.

More information on this project and other John Braithwaite research and projects is available on the external project site: War. Crime. Regulation.

More information on this project and other John Braithwaite research and projects is available on the external project site: War. Crime. Regulation.

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Ending residual paramilitary domination in Northern Ireland

08 December 2016

This week’s blog on War•Crime•Regulation gives a brief summary of John Braithwaite’s recent paper co-written with Kirsty Campbell and Derick Wilson on ending residual paramilitary domination in Northern Ireland.

New War|Crime|Regulation website and blog

08 June 2016

A new website and blog has been launched hosting John Braithwaite’s research on war, crime and regulation.


Professor Valerie Braithwaite

Valerie Braithwaite is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a disciplinary background in psychology. She has taught in social and clinical psychology programs at undergraduate and graduate...

John Braithwaite

Professor 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.



Professor Hilary Charlesworth

Hilary Charlesworth was educated at the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School. She is Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the School of...


Dr Imelda Deinla

Imelda is a Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Director of the Philippines Project. She is working on a research grant, ‘Ways for Women to Participate in...

Ms Camille McMahon

Camille is a Research Assistant for Professor John Braithwaite, focusing on the longterm project Peacebuilding...


Mr Adérito Soares

Adérito Soares was a member of Timor-Leste’s Constituent Assembly (2001-2002) and was the Inaugural Commissioner of Timor-Leste’s Anti-Corruption Commission (2010-2014). He holds an...


Professor Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor joined the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in 2010 as Professor and was Director until July 2014. She then served as Dean of the ANU...


Law & justice

RegNet is one of world’s leading centres for socio-legal work on Law and Justice. Our work on international law, rule of law, restorative justice and legal pluralism is shaped by interdisciplinary empirical research in Asia and the Pacific and in Australia, contributing new theoretical insights that contribute to better public policy.

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Human rights

This cluster comprises a number of projects that examine the regulatory dimensions of international and national human rights standards.

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