Our legal system is inherited from the British. The approach of the system was simple: punish. The system was harsh and unforgiving. It has been more than half a century since we obtained our independence from colonial powers. It is about time that our legal system adopts a more humane and realistic manner in handling offenders, especially when dealing with first-time offenders for trivial offences.
The concept of restorative justice is neither new nor novel. Its approach is attractive though, as it focuses on confrontation, confession, reconciliation, and ultimately, a peaceful means of settlement between the offenders and victims. The United Nations — in its Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters — defines restorative process as any process in which the victim, the offender and/or any other individuals or community members affected by a crime actively participate together in the resolution of matters arising from the crime, often with the help of a fair and impartial
third party. To a certain extent, some restorative justice characteristics can be found in Malaysian statutes. It is argued, however, that a more robust approach should be adopted. The ultimate aim of justice in the 21st century should be rehabilitation, not punishment.
This session will focus on the definition of restorative justice, its characteristics, and its advantages.
(1) Members of the Bar:
- RM20 per webinar
- RM50 any three webinars
- RM100 any six webinars*
*Pay for six and get one free webinar
(2) Pupils in chambers and law students
- RM10 per webinar
- RM25 any three webinars
- RM50 any six webinars*
*Pay for six and get one free webinar
(3) Non-Members: RM60 per webinar
Dr Bahma Sivasubramaniam has a PhD in Law from Durham University, United Kingdom. She is a Barrister-at-law and an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. She is a certified trainer under the Human Resources Development Fund (“HRDF”) and is a Chevening Scholar.
Dr Bahma’s vibrant career as a litigation lawyer covered civil and commercial matters. She was an elected member of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee for three consecutive terms. She was an active member in various Bar Council committees and has served as the Editor of Insaf and Infoline. She is now an academic and teaches law to undergraduate, Masters, and doctoral students.
Currently, Dr Bahma is spearheading a team of 15 professionals to carry out research into the feasibility of an anti cyberbullying law for Malaysia under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.
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