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By Sinclair Dinnen, Anita Jowitt, Tess Newton

With their wealthy traditions of clash solution and peacemaking, the Pacific Islands offer a fertile setting for constructing new techniques to crime and clash. Interactions among formal justice platforms and casual tools of dispute solution include valuable insights for coverage makers and others attracted to socially attuned resolutions to the issues of order which are came across more and more within the Pacific Islands as somewhere else. participants to this quantity comprise Pacific Islanders from Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea together with Bougainville, in addition to outsiders with a longstanding curiosity within the area. they arrive from quite a few backgrounds and comprise felony justice practitioners, students, conventional leaders and neighborhood activists. The chapters care for clash in a number of contexts, from interpersonal disputes inside of groups to large-scale conflicts among groups. this can be a publication not just of news but in addition of useful types that mix assorted traditions in artistic methods and that supply the possibility of establishing extra sustainable resolutions to crime and clash.

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In the kastom context it involved a complex process of negotiation and exchange and, in practice, was subject to numerous constraints. 38 While compensation has moved beyond the 27 28 a kind of mending restraints of kastom, state law has made little attempt to regulate what is presented as a ‘traditional’ practice. Compensation has also become increasingly commercialised, with monetary payments replacing traditional items of wealth. This has opened up new opportunities for self-enrichment. The sheer number of potential claimants in the conflict on Guadalcanal magnified the potential for abuse.

He also emphasises the limited sense of ownership of Western laws that have been adopted from colonial times. For Commissioner Bong, community policing offers strong restorative prospects and should involve close consultation with chiefs and community leaders and the encouragement of informal settlements of minor disputes. Among other things, such an approach provides an important way of overcoming a long history of poor police/community relations. The Honourable Justice Vincent Lunabek speaks about Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the civil justice system and its similarity to traditional forms of dispute resolution.

In these circumstances, the state cannot carry out its most basic function — administering justice and ensuring security. While the size and relative wealth of Papua New Guinea contribute to the scale of its problems, many of the same underlying factors and dynamics are evident in the other 19 20 a kind of mending Melanesian countries. The groups of frustrated young men and boys hanging around the streets of Suva, Honiara, and Port Vila are the same constituency that gave rise to raskolism in Port Moresby and other PNG towns.

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