Just Interests

Victims, Citizens and the Potential for Justice

Elgar Studies in Law and Society

Robyn Holder, Griffith University, Australia

Just Interests: Victims, Citizens and the Potential for Justice contributes to extended conversations about the idea of justice – who has it, who doesn’t and what it means in the everyday setting of criminal justice. It challenges the usual representation of people victimized by violence only as victims, and re-positions them as members of a political community. Departing from conventional approaches that see victims as a problem for law to contain, Robyn Holder draws on democratic principles of inclusion and deliberation to argue for the unique opportunity of criminal justice to enlist the capacity of citizens to rise to the demands of justice in their ordinary lives.

‘This is a challenging critique of the contemporary criminal justice system. The author’s voice is worthy of being listened to as her experience as an advocate for victims is extensive and there is clearly scope for recalibration and improvement of the experience of victims with the justice system.’
– Ian Freckelton QC, Law Institute Journal

‘This is an excellent, considered and thought-provoking book that offers rich insights into complex conceptions of justice from ordinary citizens. The author devises and executes original research and communicates the background, significance, intellectual context and findings with great facility. The research is deeply textured, presenting thoughtfully analysed data and interesting findings that contribute to a conversation about the multi-faceted meaning of justice. Just Interests makes a welcome, significant and unique contribution to our understandings of what justice might mean. I enjoyed reading this book and believe it would be of interest to criminologists and socio-legal scholars, government and non-government stakeholders and advocates, and higher degree research students.’
– Mary Iliadis, Australian and New Zealand Journal of
Criminology

‘Holder argues that it is important to provide the victim with an opportunity to exercise voice and to seek to influence the process, but not necessarily to control it. This important book charts a course towards crafting solutions that accord the victim a direct and dignified role in the process, and remain faithful to the rule of law. It deserves the attention of criminal justice professionals, victims and their advocates, and scholars alike.’
– Peter Grabosky, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

‘Robyn Holder is a reflective practitioner and thoughtful scholar of victim perspectives on what justice might mean. This impressive book brings together years of her consolidated wisdom. It treats us to rich engagement with complex realisations of justice. Empirically, it amplifies voices from below to help us learn from their experience on how to better comprehend the complexity of justice. It helps us to find our own justice imaginary as we also search for a democratic imaginary.’
– John Braithwaite, Australian National University

‘This book constitutes a significant and highly insightful contribution into deconstructing the meaning of justice. In positioning crime victims as a community of citizens who hold legitimate justice interests, the author’s arguments are a welcome riposte to a needs-based analysis of the issues which confront victims in the criminal process.’
– Jonathan Doak, Nottingham Trent University, UK

2018 288 pp Hardback 978 1 78643 402 9 £81.00 £90.00 $121.50 $135.00

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