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Court in Between: The Spaces of Relational Justice in Papua New Guinea

Demian, Melissa

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This article considers local-level disputing in Papua New Guinea by bringing two theories into play: spatial justice, borrowed from the ‘geographical’ turn in legal theory, and relational justice, from the anthropology of law. Disputes negotiated by means of the country’s village courts system are sometimes characterised by metropolitans as institutions that dispense peace instead of justice. I argue, through a comparison of contemporary and historical examples from local disputing processes,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDemian, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-02T06:44:25Z
dc.identifier.issn1320-0968
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/164896
dc.description.abstractThis article considers local-level disputing in Papua New Guinea by bringing two theories into play: spatial justice, borrowed from the ‘geographical’ turn in legal theory, and relational justice, from the anthropology of law. Disputes negotiated by means of the country’s village courts system are sometimes characterised by metropolitans as institutions that dispense peace instead of justice. I argue, through a comparison of contemporary and historical examples from local disputing processes, that village courts do exercise a form of justice, but it is not a justice of closure or peace. Rather, it is the justice of opening the space of relations between disputing parties, as a technique of recognising the ongoing potential of such relations.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.rights© 2016 Australian Feminist Law Journal Inc
dc.sourceThe Australian Feminist Law Journal
dc.titleCourt in Between: The Spaces of Relational Justice in Papua New Guinea
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume42
dc.date.issued2016
local.identifier.absfor180199 - Law not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor200202 - Asian Cultural Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5582616xPUB49
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDemian, Melissa, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage13
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage30
local.identifier.doi10.1080/13200968.2016.1191118
local.identifier.absseo959999 - Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2019-03-31T07:24:18Z
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