4 May 2023 - 4 May 2023
3:30PM - 5:00PM
Hybrid - in person (PCL050) and Online
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.
Leverhulme Trust Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Law School.
Amanda has been researching alternative justice mechanisms for over a decade and has collaborated with a number of leading experts from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. She works closely with key policy and practice organisations such as His Majesty's Prison and Probation Service's Restorative Practice Hub, the European Forum for Restorative Justice, and the Global Alliance for Restorative and Social Justice.
The Palatine Centre
Thursday 4 May 2023, 3:30-5:00 pm