Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. John Braithwaite

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Thu April 7, 2011
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
CJ Auditorium
Criminal Justice Center

Dr. John Braithwaite is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Founder of RegNet (the Regulatory Institutions Network) at the Australian National University. He will discuss "Corporate Crime in the Pharmaceutical Industry Today."

Dr. John Braithwaite Dr. Braithwaite, a Professor in the Law Program at ANU’s Research School of Social Sciences, is best known for his research on responsive regulation and restorative justice both in criminal and business crime. He has published many books and articles on these topics, with his latest offering "Regulatory Capitalism: How it works, ideas for making it better" produced in 2008.

As a major force in the restorative justice movement, his 1989 book “Crime, Shame and Reintegration,” argued that criminal justice practices tend to stigmatize offenders, while restorative justice, through mediation with offenders and citizens, helps repair the social harm caused by crime.

He also applied restorative justice principals to the business community and developed responsive regulations in such industries as mining, health care and nursing homes.

In 1984, Braithwaite published "Corporate Crime in the Pharmaceutical Industry," an expose that revealed illegal practices in the pharmaceutical industry, which included bribery, false advertising, fraud in the safety testing of drugs, unsafe manufacturing processes, smuggling and international law evasion. It was based on interviews with 131 senior executives in the industry in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico and Guatemala.

As a result of his studies, Dr. Braithwaite founded RegNet, which is comprised of scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds who work in the field of regulation and governance. RegNet’s aim is to challenge and advance understanding of and approaches to issues through a regulatory framework that develops evidence-based theory, policy and practice. Among the areas of study are human security, policing, environment, cyber crime, illicit organizations and markets, intellectual property and the governance of knowledge, development, peace building, human rights, international law, micro foundations of democratic governance, health and occupational health and safety.

Active in social movement politics in Australia and internationally for 40 years, Braithwaite is embarking on a 20-year comparative project called Peace building Compared, which will analyze peace building strategies in 50 armed conflicts across the world in search of keys to effectiveness.

For his extensive work on crime issues, Dr. Braithwaite has won numerous international prizes from the International Society of Criminology, the British Socio-Legal Studies Association, The Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Institute for Financial Crime Prevention.

Dr. Braithwaite also served as a part-time commissioner in Australia’s Trade Practices Commission from 1985 to 1995 and on the Economic Planning Advisory Council, Chaired by the Australian Prime Minister, from 1983-87. In 2000, he participated in an important conference in Northern Ireland that examined the possibilities for using restorative justice ideas and practices to further the peace process there.

Braithwaite received his bachelor and Ph.D. degree at the University of Queensland in Australia. He was a Meyer Visiting Research Professor at New York University Law School, a Visiting Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the University of California in Irvine.

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