Ethical restoration after oppressive violence: a philosophical account

January 2015December 2017
ARC Discovery Project

Contemporary political ethics has to face the question of how to repair relations which have broken down after crimes, oppression, and political violence. Using the work of European and feminist philosophers to examine historical and recent cases: post-liberation France, post-genocide Rwanda and post-colonial Australasia and neighbouring countries, this project develops a philosophical account of ethical restoration through focusing on just punishment, forgiveness, reconciliation, building trust, and atonement. The outcomes are a series of journal articles and a monograph. The project contributes to debates and practices concerning restoration of peace and justice and to international scholarship on these issues.


Roundtable: 1 December 2016


  • Dr Magdalena Zolkos (ACU, Sydney)
  • Dr Annie Pohlman (UQ)
  • Dr Daniel Brennan (Bond)
  • Ms Elese Dowden (UQ)
  • Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze (UQ)

Roundtable: 30 November 2015


  • Dr Simone Drichel (Otago, NZ)
  • Dr Stephen McLaughlin (Griffith)
  • Dr Anne Brown (UQ)
  • Professor Roland Bleiker (UQ)
  • Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze (UQ)

Resources Hub


Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsbility to Protect

International Centre for Transitional Justice

Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network

Governance and Social Development Resource Centre

PhD Researcher on the project

Project members

Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze

Associate Professor in Philosophy, Director of Research and Research Training

Dr Terrilyn Sweep

Faculty Post-Thesis Fellow, Honorary Research Fellow in Philosophy