Ethical restoration after oppressive violence: a philosophical account

January 2015September 2018
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)

Project Publications:

Dowden, Elese. “Reconciling the Impossible: Forgiveness and Grief in Contemporary Rwanda, New Zealand and Australia.” PhD thesis., University of Queensland, to be submitted 2018.

La Caze, Marguerite. Ethical Restoration after Communal Violence. Lanham: Lexington Books, forthcoming 2018. La Caze, Marguerite. “Iris Marion Young’s Political philosophy.” In Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, edited by Mortimer Sellers, Stefan Kirste (and Sally Scholz). New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_48-1, forthcoming 2019.

La Caze, Marguerite. “It’s easier to lie if you believe it yourself: Derrida, Arendt, and the modern lie.” Special Issue on Mendacity and the Law, Law, Culture, and the Humanities 13, no. 2 (2017): 193-210.

La Caze, Marguerite. “Pretending peace: Provisional political trust and sincerity in Kant and Améry.” In Sincerity in Politics and International Relations, edited by Sorin Baiasu and Sylvie Loriaux, 156-72. London: Routledge, 2017.

La Caze, Marguerite. “The language of violence: chiastic encounters.” Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions 55, no. 1 (2016): 115-27.

La Caze, Marguerite. “Possible and impossible reciprocity: love and hate in Beauvoir.” In Thinking about love: Essays in contemporary continental philosophy, edited by Antonio Calcagno and Diane Enns, 186-20. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2015.

La Caze, Marguerite. “Self-forgiveness and Arendt: In search of a magic spell.” Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 24 (2015): 38-63.

La Caze, Marguerite. “At first blush: The politics of guilt and shame.” Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 18 (2013): 85-99.

Resources Hub

Associated Links:

Atrocity in warfare: a social and cultural history


Useful Links:

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


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Project members

Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze

Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze

Associate Professor in Philosophy