Restorative justice

China: powerhouse and resistor of restorative justice reform

Maintaining social harmony and stability for the sake of economic development is a key rationale behind the social control strategy of the Chinese government. Since early 2000, the Chinese government has gradually changed the focus of its social control from the harsh “Strike Hard” campaigns with disappointing effectiveness to the softer “Balancing lenience and severity” policy. Under this circumstance, the government has been promoting several restorative reforms in China as important parts of the “lenient end”.

An Unexpected Path: Bankruptcy, Justice and Intersecting Identities in the Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandals

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Edelman, Meredith

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Journal article

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This article will discuss how various identities inhabited by victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy may impact survivors’ ability to find justice through legal processes. It also highlights two examples of patterns of response to allegations of sexual abuse by clergy in the United States. In prominent urban archdioceses, empowered survivors, often members of dominant social groups, have successfully utilised media and legal process — resulting in criminal convictions, large awards in civil court and the implementation of new prevention efforts. In large part, the public perception of who survivors are is based on this model. This article will discuss how this perception may be inaccurate; survivors in subaltern communities are likely to be under-represented, not only in public perception but also in terms of access to legal process and remedies. In certain US jurisdictions, however, bankruptcy cases filed by Catholic organisations may prove to be an intriguing legal process whereby some survivors have been able to secure remedies that could be described as restorative. Two of these jurisdictions, where most survivors are indigenous or Hispanic, will be highlighted in this article in order to consider how mechanisms other than traditional civil litigation may lower barriers to legal remedies.

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Edelman, Meredith. 2015. ‘An Unexpected Path: Bankruptcy, Justice and Intersecting Identities in the Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandals.’ Australian Feminist Law Journal Vol41(2): 271-287.


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