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June 2003 Edition

European Network for Restorative Justice.

On April 8, 2003, the European Parliament endorsed a proposed European Network of National Contact Points for Restorative Justice. Originally proposed by the Kingdom of Belgium in July 2002, the network is intended to improve the flow of information about restorative justice throughout Europe.

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Book Review:Australian Study Assesses the Strengths of Restorative

Heather Strang’s new study, Repair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice (2002), is valuable addition to the literature available to practitioners. While other studies have examined the impact of restorative justice options and processes on crime victims involved with them, the extent and methodological sophistication, not to mention acuity, of these investigations has varied. This study, however, is, as far as I know, the most scientifically balanced study to focus entirely on victim-oriented expectations and outcomes as a result of restorative justice interventions

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Reconciliation After Violent Conflict

Post-conflict societies have taken one or more of three alternative approaches to justice in dealing with state sanctioned crimes: retributive justice, amnesty, and (recently) restorative justice. The problems with retributive justice are multiple, including political and legal challenges, difficulties in meeting burdens of proof, and so on. Amnesty is essentially an agreement to waive justice for past criminal conduct, and as a result, raises profound ethical, legal, and societal questions. Consequently, post-conflict societies have begun to turn to traditional dispute resolution processes reflecting restorative values and principles.

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Website of the Month: Restorative Justice Trust.

The Restorative Justice Trust was created in 1999 with the goal of promoting best practice in restorative justice throughout New Zealand. Among its tasks are to teach restorative justice theory and practice and to evaluate the best practice of restorative justice projects. The Trust’s website contains information about the activities of the organization.

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