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4 May 2023 - 4 May 2023

3:30PM - 5:00PM

Hybrid - in person (PCL050) and Online

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The Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice is delighted to welcome Dr Amanda Wilson to discuss her current monograph project, Restoring Restorative Justice (Oxford University Press), which pursues an ethically real-institutionally critical account of restorative justice through moral psychology.

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Breaking the Penal Equation: Reconciliatory Restorative Justice 

Restorative justice is often heralded as a radically different approach to conventional criminal justice that claims to provide an alternative to dominant retributivist ethics, in particular, the punitive penal equation that ‘crime plus responsibility equals punishment’. Yet, despite its longstanding presence in the criminal justice arena, restorative justice has failed to properly challenge, let alone, break that equation. On the contrary, it remains complicitous both in theory and in practice. In this paper, I argue that one of the reasons it has been unable to break this equation is because it lacks an adequate, independent ethical foundation. The upshot is a legal conception of restorative justice that repeats the status quo. This paper pursues a different conceptualisation of restorative justice—what I call ‘reconciliatory restorative justice’—that can be contrasted to legal restorative justice. Reconciliatory restorative justice provides a robust challenge to retributivist ethics that breaks the penal equation.  




Where and when

Room PCL050

The Palatine Centre

Durham University

Stockton Road



Thursday 4 May 2023, 3:30-5:00 pm