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United Nations Publishes Handbook on Restorative Justice
In December 2006, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime published the Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes. One in a series of tools developed to assist governments with criminal justice reforms, the Handbook offers practical information on the concept of restorative justice, the types of restorative processes used throughout the world, and how to create and manage those programmes.
Located in Previous Editions / 2007 / February 2007 Edition
Van Ness, Daniel. Proposed UN basic principles on restorative justice
In this essay, Van Ness provides a historical overview of a number of significant initiatives related to restorative justice generated by the United Nations crime congresses, by the Working Party on Restorative Justice (formed from a group of non-governmental organizations participating in the Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice), and by other notable groups.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File Nadeau, Jason. Critical analysis of the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programs in Criminal Matters
In this study, Nadeau examines the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters.
Located in Full-Text Documents at RJ Online
File Council Framework Decision of 15 March 2001 on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings
(2001/220/JHA)
Located in Legislative Assembly / Statutes, Cases, Regulations and Recommendations from National, Regional and Intergovernmental Bodies / Council of Europe and European Union Documents
RJ Article Robinson, JA. THE RIGHT OF CHILD VICTIMS OF ARMED CONFLICT TO REINTEGRATION AND RECOVERY
This contribution deals with the position of child victims of armed conflict. An explanation is tendered of the circumstances under which children are considered to be the victims of armed conflict. Specific reference is made to the question of whether or not a former child soldier may be viewed as a child victim. In the second place the question is addressed how a monist or dualist approach regarding the incorporation of treaty law into municipal law influences the rights of child victims in terms of article 39. Thirdly, article 39 is discussed against the background of the CRC as an international human rights instrument.(Excerpt)
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RJ Article Staiger, Ines. Restorative Justice for Victims of Terrorism – Policy Implications
In this workshop, the possible role of restorative justice for victims of terrorism was discussed. A short outline of restorative justice principles and values for a framework of restorative justice at the micro-, meso- and macro-level was presented. Against the background of restorative justice processes in cases of other forms of serious violent crime, like victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, circles and victim impact panels, the relevance of these practices in the context of terrorism is analysed. Comparable situations with terrorism (such as hate crime and large-scale conflicts) are highlighted, and the specific dimension of terrorism is addressed. Finally, two special types of terrorism (that is suicide and religious terrorism) are discussed in order to learn from these approaches for the applicability of restorative justice in cases of terrorism. The main focus is placed on primary and secondary victims of terrorism. Further, additional focus is put on the impact of mass terrorist victimisation on vicarious victims. Examples of restorative justice practices at the micro-, meso- and macro-level are presented, on the basis of which a conceptual framework for restorative justice practices for victims of terrorism in the EU shall be developed with the input of the workshop participants. (excerpt)
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RJ Article Sajonz, Cristoph and de Biolley, Humbert. New Council of Europe guidelines for the implementation of RJ and cooperation with the EU
An explication of the new guidelines the Council of Europe has passed regarding the implementation f restorative justice in Europe, particularly when it comes to victim-offender mediation.
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RJ Article Van Ness, Daniel W. Proposed UN basic principles on restorative justice. Draft of forthcoming chapter in a collection on restorative justice and just deserts
In this essay, Van Ness provides a historical overview of a number of significant initiatives related to restorative justice generated by the United Nations crime congresses, by the Working Party on Restorative Justice (formed from a group of non-governmental organizations participating in the Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice), and by other notable groups. He also reviews the proposed UN Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters (based on the Working Partyxe2x80x99s draft work on standards or guidelines for countries); this commentary covers the document as a whole, each section of the document, and each principle. The conclusion outlines the next steps in international consideration of the proposed principles.
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RJ Article Wright, Martin. "Establishment of the European Association for Restorative Justice."
In this short piece, Martin Wright reports on the establishment of the European Association for Restorative Justice (EARJ). Much of the initiative behind the establishment of this organization comes from efforts of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). The university has long been active in criminal justice issues. The university has participated in international conferences and has hosted an international course on restorative justice. Several of the academic staff have researched and promoted restorative justice. Now, led by Tony Peters and Ivo Aertsen, funds have been obtained from the European Union to organize the European Association for Restorative Justice for one year. The steering committee has proposed the following purposes and activities for the EARJ. The basic aim is to establish and develop principles, ethics, training, and practices of restorative justice, with an emphasis on victim/offender mediation, throughout Europe. Immediate objectives include holding a conference, publishing proceedings, starting a newsletter, and obtaining future funding. The EARJ will bring together practitioners to improve practices, but will also seek to influence policy makers in European countries and the Council of Europe.
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RJ Article Council of Europe. Mediation in penal matters. Recommendation No. R (99) 19.
In the form of a recommendation with accompanying materials, this document consists of an explicit recognition of the increasing use of mediation in penal matters and a set of principles to guide member States. The appendix to the recommendation provides a definition of penal mediation and general principles. It also provides more specific principles concerning the following: the legal basis for mediation; the operation of criminal justice in relation to mediation; the operation of mediation services; and the continuing development of mediation. An explanatory memorandum deals with the background to mediation in penal matters, and the Council of Europe and mediation. There are also commentaries on the preamble to the recommendation and on the appendix to the recommendation.
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