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This edited collection introduces and defines the concept of “comparative restorative justice”, putting it in the context of power relations and inequality. It aims to compare the implementation and theoretical development of restorative justice internationally for research, policy and practice. 


In Part I, this volume compares practices in relation to the implementing environment - be that cultural, political, or societal. Part II looks at obstacles and enablers in relation to the criminal justice system, and considers whether inquisitorial versus adversarial jurisdictions have impact on how restorative justice is regulated and implemented. Finally, Part III compares the reasons that drive governments, regional bodies, and practitioners to implement restorative justice, and whether these impetuses impact on ultimate delivery.


Featuring fifteen original chapters from diverse authors and practitioners, this will serve as a key resource for those working in social justice or those seeking to understand and implement the tenets of restorative justice comparatively.

Comparative Restorative Justice (hardback)

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  • Table of contents

    Foreword:              David Nelken

    Guest Preface:      William Elliott Butler

    Editor Preface:      Theo Gavrielides


    Introduction:    Theo Gavrielides – Comparative restorative justice

    In memory of Hennessey Hayes: William R Wood


    Part I: Comparing restorative justice in its implementing environments

    Chapter 1:           George Pavlich - Formative Promises, Restoration and Decolonizing Justice

    Chapter 2:           Amanda Wilson - General Terms of Comparison: Two Cores of the Restorative Justice Apple

    Chapter 3:           Julena Jumbe - An East African Comparative study of indigenous vs post-colonial restorative justice in Tanzania

    Chapter 4:           Robert Mackay - The shadows of blood feud in the development of restorative justice – illustrations from Albanian and Scottish history literature

    Chapter 5:           John Winterdyk - Comparing aboriginal and post-colonial restorative justice: The case of Canada

    Chapter 6:    Gabriel Velez, Madeline Hahn and Antonio Butler - Opportunities and challenges for race equality in the age of COVID-19: Comparing virtual with face-face approaches to restorative practices in schools and communities.

    Part II: Comparing restorative justice: Adversarial vs inquisitorial criminal justice systems

    Chapter 7:          Isabel Ramírez - Comparing the transition from an inquisitorial to an adversarial criminal justice system: An opportunity for restorative justice in Chile

    Chapter 8:           Wendy Lui - Comparing the implementation of restorative justice in the inquisitorial system of China with the adversarial tradition in Hong Kong

    Chapter 9:          William R Wood, Masahiro Suzuki, Hennessey Hayes, Jane Bolitho, Roadblocks and Diverging Paths for Restorative Justice in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand

    Chapter 10:        Rina Kashyap, Muhammad Asadullah, Ramkanta Tiwari, Nibras Sakafi, Community and Restorative Justice Practices in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh: A Comparative Overview 

    Chapter 11:        Ann Skelton and Mike Batley - A comparative review of the incorporation of African traditional justice processes in restorative justice child justice systems selected in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Part III: Comparing impetuses for restorative justice

    Chapter 12:        Arthur Hartmann - Comparative statistics in the field of restorative justice

    Chapter 13:        Marelize Schoeman - Contemporary structured vs. indigenous restorative justice in South Africa: Quo vadis?

    Chapter 14:     Lorenn Walker and Malina Kaulukukui - Comparison of Native Hawaiian Traditional Ho’oponopono and Modern Restorative Justice

    Conclusion:    Francis Pakes

    Afterword:     Michael Palmer

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