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February 2005 Edition

Introducing Restorative Justice in the Ukrainian Legal System

The Ukrainian Centre for Common Ground is a non-governmental organization working to build capacity for constructive conflict resolution. Since 2003, it has been engaged in an initiative to introduce restorative justice into the Ukrainian justice system. The project includes training mediators in victim offender mediation and policy makers in restorative justice. Roman Koval and Vira Zemlyanska provide this update on the project's progress.

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New Court for Aboriginal Youth

In late 2004, new legislation created a Children’s Koori Court in the Australian state of Victoria. The Children and Young Persons (Koori Court) Act 2004 augments 1989 legislation, which established specialized Children’s courts. With this new initiative, the government is attempting to create a less formal, more culturally relevant justice experience for young aboriginal offenders, their families, and community.

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Restorative Justice Database Reaches 5000 Citations

New books, articles and studies on restorative justice appear every month. Where can you go to search their citations, read brief descriptions, and in many cases find a link to a full-text copy of the paper? The answer is the Restorative Justice Online Research Database, which recently added its 5000th entry.

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Book Review: Criminology, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice.

Martin Wright reviews the essay collection edited by Kiernan McEvoy and Tim Newburn.

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Website of the Month: School Mediation Center

The School Mediation Center began in 1983 with the purpose of “creating safe, caring and just school communities.” The Colorado based organization offers programmes, training services, and products to teach youth how to work toward building a peaceful environment. This website provides a description of the organization and its programmes.

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