Is Punishment the Appropriate Response to Gross Human Rights Violations? Is a Non-punitive Justice System Feasible?

Is Punishment the Appropriate Response to Gross Human Rights Violations? Is a Non-punitive Justice System Feasible?

This conference paper discusses the faulty premises underlying theories of punitive justice, and highlights the problems caused by the use of punitive justice as a means of dealing with various kinds of human rights violations. The paper puts forward a series of arguments in favour of using restorative justice to manage human rights abuses.

 

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EZZAT A. FATTAH
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Ezzat A. Fattah, PhD is the founder of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where he is professor emeritus.

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