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RJ Article . Collaborative Development of a Restorative Justice Template for First Nation Communities Facilitated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba
This research explores the realities of the RCMP initiating the collaborative development of a restorative justice template with a focus on First Nation Communities. A multi-method action approach was utilised to engage the targeted participants.A multi-method approach was the most appropiate process due to the geographic separation of the researcher and the participants.The research was designed to ascertain the viability of developing a restorative justice template for the implementation of a restorative justice comittee within the First Nations Communities. The needs to have a segment for community specific sanctions were also addressed. The findings of this research project indicate the overwhelming support for such an initiative.With the Aboriginal community moving toward self-government and the RCMP devoting specific initiatives to the Aboriginal community, this research should develop roots very quickly as it moves toward implementation.
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RJ Article . Symposium introduction: Humanism goes to law school.
For some, introducing humanism into the curriculum meant focusing on developing interpersonal skills;6 for others, like the authors of Becoming a Lawyer, it was a call for a more values-focused legal education. This focus on values however, was coupled with renewed attention to the human element in the law: the humanbeingness of teachers, students and, most importantly, clients. The book was an outgrowth of a federally-funded project based at Columbia Law School, the Project for the Study and Application of Humanistic Education in Law. The Project's mission was to address the perception that in the process of training law students to become lawyers, for the most part legal educators at best ignored and at worst dismissed attention to the core values that attracted many students to the study of law. These values included the desire to "help people," to "make a difference," to seek justice, to have a positive impact on the world. The intellectual indoctrination of law students distanced many from the ideals that provided a meaning for the work they wished to do,o thus threatening to separate lawyers from their own moral core. (excerpt)
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RJ Article Abdulkadir, Rahma. Gender, Transitional Justice and Failed Statehood: Can the Somali Traditional Customary Law be the Basis for Viable and Inclusive Mechanism(s) of Transitional Justice for Somalia?
Although the localization of transitional justice may have certain advantages, such as legitimacy,critics have expressed some significant concerns about it. For instance, critics have argued that in some cases local customary or indigenous law based mechanisms of transitional justice tend to exclude women and often concentrate power in the hands of males from dominant groups. In this regard, the Somali case is interesting in so far as it combines a complete collapse of the state and a protracted civil war. In addition, the exploration of this case is important as there are very few studies that have attempted to empirically investigate it. Thus, this dissertation addresses explores the overarching research question: how can an approach of transitional justice, which takes into account Somalia’s economic, political and socio-cultural history, and is attentive to the needs of victims of human rights abuses in this country be achieved in this country? This dissertation deals with three interrelated questions that are empirically explored in three separate chapters. In answering these questions, this dissertation employs a theoretical framework and appropriate research methodologies. Further, the analyses presented show that major differences in opinion exist regarding the usefulness of the Somali traditional xeer or customary law in building a model of transitional justice among male and female respondents as well as among respondents from different regions of Somalia.(Excerpt).
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RJ Article Adams, Caralee. The talk it out solution.
What makes for a safe school? Security guards patrolling the hallways? Metal detectors? Zero-tolerance policies? The answer may be none of the above: Educators are searching for new solutions to achieving harmony in the classroom and, surprisingly, they’re increasingly holistic. “There aren’t enough bars, metal detectors, or police to make a school safe if there is a culture of violence in a school,” says Ted Wachtel, founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “You need to strike at the heart of the culture.” (excerpt)
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Section III highlights the ways in which Europe handles bullying within its legal framework, emphasizing the importance of alternative dispute resolution(ADR) in the cultures in which anti-bullying laws have established a foothold...The Targets of Anti-Bullying Legislation. Before one can properly discuss the prudence of employment bullying legislation or recommend a process by which a nation should implement such legislation, one must first understand what employment bullying is and what it is not...A Brief Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution. Alternative dispute resolution(ADR) is a method by which disputants resolve their conflicts outside the courtroom through the means of settlement negotiations, facilitation,mediation,fact-finding,mini-trials,and arbitration. ...The Healthy Workplace Bill and What it Lacks Professor David Yamada, the academic father of anti-bullying legislation in America,has crafted a model Healthy Workplace Bill to address the phenomenon of workplace bullying ...Legislative Findings The Legislature finds that: .the social and economic well-being of the State is dependent upon healthy and productive employees; . surveys and studies have documented between 16 and 21 percent of employees directly experience health-endangering workplace bullying,abuse and harassment,and that this behavior is four times more prevalent than sexual harassment alone; . surveys and studies have documented that abusive work environments can have serious and even devastating effects on tageted employees, including feelings of shame and humiliation,stress,loss of sleep,severe anxiety,depression,post-traumatic stress disorder,suicidal tendencies,reduced immunity to infection,stress-related gastrointestinal disorders,hypertension and pathophysiologic changes that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. .surveys and studies have documented that abusive work environments can have serious consequences for employers,including reduced employee productivty and morale,higher turnover and absenteeism rates,and significant increases in medical and workers' compensation claims; . unless mistreatwd employees have been subjected to abusive treatment at work on the basis of race,color,national origin or age, they are unlikely to have legal recourse to redress such treatment; .legal protection from abusive work environments should not be limited to behavior grounded in protected class status as that provided for under employment discrimination statutes;and,.existing workers' compensation plans and common-law tort actions are inadequate to discourage this behavior or to provide adequate redress to employees who have been harmed by abusive work environments.
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File American Criminal Law & Restorative Justice 5061-30 - Law School
Instructor: Stan Basler. School: Oklahoma City University School of Law. Date: Spring 2005. Description: Class will be combined with Prison Ministry Immersion, Saint Paul School of Theology and six seminarians will join law students.
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RJ Article Anne Lemonne. Comparing the Implementation of Restorative Justice in Various Countries: Purpose, Potential and Caveats
The aim of this contribution is to deal with the purposes,benefits and caveats of comparative studies in the field of restorative justice.This consideration is of first importance since more and more international conferences,seminars or 'fora' are dealing with the issue of comparison.The paper will examine the structural conditions for the increasing interest in comparative approach ,especially in Europe,highlight the relevance of undertaking comparative studies in the field of restorative justice;point to the main difficulties in developing comparative evaluative research;present two important methodological positions in developing comparisons between different countries'development;and the conclusion will elaborate upon potential and caveats of both methods and will suggest a framework of implementation for comparative studies in the field of restorative justice.
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RJ Article Anonymous. Study: Review of different restorative justice/mediation initiatives in the European Union
The European Union regularly monitors and evaluates member states' general crime prevention policies. It also reviews European-wide research to support activities at the national level, to avoid duplication of efforts, and to use resources more efficiently. In 2003-2004, restorative justice/mediation was identified as one of the priorities for activity at the EU level. This document stems from these roles and priorities of the EU. The document is a solicitation for bids to review different restorative justice/mediation initiatives in member states of the EU. Objectives for the review are to inventory restorative justice/mediation initiatives; describe various solutions of restorative justice/mediation; gather recent, relevant statistical data; synthesize relevant, published empirical evidence; and make concrete proposals to improve the current situation.
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RJ Article Aquino, Karl and Goodstein, Jerry. And restorative justice for all: Redemption, forgiveness, and reintegration in organizations.
We explore the topic of restorative justice in organizations. The tradition of restorative justice directs attention to the aftermath of wrongdoing. We highlight three ways offenders (making amends), victims (extending forgiveness), and organizations (fostering reintegration) restore justice in the workplace. Our paper concludes with questions for future research and inquiry. (author's abstract)
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