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.



Peacebuilding Compared
Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
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The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

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Dr Imelda Deinla

Imelda is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network. She is working on a research grant, ‘Ways for Women to Participate in Peacebuilding (Philippines)’, a multi-year project on...


Mr Aderito Soares

Adérito Soares is a Timorese lawyer and former politician. He holds an LLM from New York University. His PhD thesis is on a human rights approach to development. Adérito...


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 Regulatory...


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 an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Founder of RegNet (the Regulatory Institutions Network) at the Australian National University.

John Braithwaite has...


Professor Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor joined the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) in 2010 as Professor and was Director until July 2014. She nows serves as Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Prior...


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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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