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John Braithwaite - Biography

John Braithwaite is a Distinguished Professor and Founder of RegNet (the Regulatory Institutions Network) at the Australian National University .

He is embarking on a 20-year comparative project called 'Peacebuilding Compared', with Hilary Charlesworth, Valerie Braithwaite and Kate Macfarlane. In the past he has worked on a variety of areas of business regulation and on the crime problem. His best known work is on the ideas of responsive regulation and restorative justice.

John Braithwaite has been active in social movement politics around these and other ideas for 40 years in Australia and internationally. His most recent book is Regulatory Capitalism: How it works, ideas for making it work better (2008).

New Publications

Networked Governance of Freedom and Tyranny: Peace in Timor-Leste (ANU E Press: 2012)

Reconciliation and Architectures of Commitment: Sequencing peace in Bougainville (ANU E Press: 2010) John Braithwaite, Hilary Charlesworth, Peter Reddy & Leah Dunn. Available online at:

Pillars and Shadows: Statebuilding as peacebuilding in Solomon Islands (ANU E Press: 2010) John Braithwaite, Sinclair Dinnen, Matthew Allen, Valerie Braithwaite & Hilary Charlesworth. Available online at:


John Braithwaite: Timing of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation' in R King, V. MacGill & R. Wescombe (eds.) Peace in Action: Practices, perspectives and policies that make a difference (2013 King MacGill Wescombe Publications)


A collection of papers from the Rotary Peace Communities International Conference Wagga Wagga, NSW 2012. Copies of the book can be purchased at:


Is Killing Taliban a Good Idea?


John Braithwaite and Ali Wardak


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Regulatory Capitalism

John Braithwaite

John Braithwaite, "The Timing of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation", 2010-2011 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution"

To access the webcast please click here

John Braithwaite, Restorative Justice Lecture

In this short lecture John Braithwaite examines some of the key theories and applications of Restorative Justice. To access the video please click here