Publication: It’s time to move beyond a Western understanding of development

QUT Centre for Justice member, Associate Professor Danielle Watson, with Dr Julie Berg of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) at University of Glasgow, have published a policy piece in Asia and the Pacific Policy Society. 

The authors discuss that measurements of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the Pacific have for too long failed to recognise the importance of traditional systems of knowledge and authority.

“The way forward necessitates we acknowledge the criticality of rethinking conceptualisations of access to justice. To do this, we must better recognise and understand indigenous forms of justice, as well as the nature of non-state power structures and how they interface with state regimes. If we cannot do this in the face of recurrent regional crises, we risk not only missing the forest, but the trees as well.”

Read the full article here.  

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