Restorative Justice or Indigenous Justice?

  • Harry Blagg
  • Thalia Anthony
Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)


This chapter tests the boundaries between mainstream justice and Indigenous justice.

We suggest that Restorative Justice and Indigenous justice have to be understood as distinct and fundamentally different projects. Restorative Justice, at least in its present incarnation, may not survive a decolonising turn because, despite claims to the contrary, it is a modernist, Euro-north American concept concerned with reforming what remains an essentially Western paradigm of justice reform. By contrast Indigenous justice adopts a decolonising stance and is concerned with transforming relationships between settler colonialism and Indigenous peoples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry Blagg
    • 1
  • Thalia Anthony
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

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