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From Punitive to Restorative Justice

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Restorative justice is nothing new--global indigenous peoples and those in peripheral societies have practiced it for ages. It is critical to understand the essence of restorative justice as an opportunity for all involved, not as a forced system or means to an end.

Guardians of Future Generations

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"I dreamed that I was standing next to a young tree. It was the Tree of Life. One branche was dead. The tree was dying from the changing climate. I was charged with keeping it alive for future generations."

Transforming A Dysfunctional Legal System

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I started law school in 1987. I was 29 years old and married with a blended family of seven kids at home. We were politically and socially active, making a difference in our community. My husband was sometimes arrested for civil disobedience and it seemed that there was always a family law issue.

Greenkeeping Governance: Toward a Law of the Ecological Commons

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At least since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, we have known about humankind’s squandering of nonrenewable resources, its careless disregard of precious life species, and its overall contamination and degradation of delicate ecosystems. In recent decades, these defilements have assumed a systemic dimension. Lately we have come to realize the shocking extent to which our atmospheric emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases threatens Planet Earth.

International Law in a Unipolar World

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Should the US seek a permission slip before it wages war? Vice President Dick Cheney received thunderous applause when he declared to the Republican National Convention “George W. Bush will never seek a permission slip to defend the American people.” This bold assertion echoed the language used by President Bush in his 2004 State of the Union Address to underscore an ethos of non-accountability