An eye for an eye - oxymoron or real justice?

Is ‘retributive justice’ an effective form of punishment or just an excuse for vengeance? And what are the social costs? Australia's first Indigenous magistrate Pat O'Shane delivers UNSW Law's Justice Talks Lecture.

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Australia's first Indigenous magistrate Pat O'Shane.

For too long justice and punishment have been seen as interchangeable terms. Retribution, not rehabilitation has been the focus of the justice system, spurred on by public outcry and political pressure, according to former magistrate Pat O’Shane.

Is the idea of ‘retributive justice’ an effective form of punishment or an excuse for vengeance? Is the long-term social cost of retribution really equal to the crime?

Join Pat O’Shane, UNSW Law’s first Indigenous graduate, Australia's first Indigenous magistrate, and 2013 Deadly’s Lifetime Achievement award winner, as she delivers the fourth Justice Talks lecture for 2013.

What: An eye for an eye – an oxymoron or real justice? Justice Talks lecture

Where: UNSWLaw Building, UNSW Kensington

When: Thursday, 19 September 2013 6:00pm–7:30pm

Register here

Media contact: Steve Offner, UNSW Media, 02 9385 1583, 0424 580 208