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Walgrave, L. ed. (2003) "Repositioning Restorative Justice. Restorative justice, Criminal Justice and Social Context"

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Devon, Willan Publishing, 416 p.

This book, based on papers presented at the 5th international conference held at Leuven, Belgium in 2002, aims to provide an overview of recent experience of restorative justice in the light of these concerns. The central theme is the positioning, or repositioning, of restorative justice in contexts where it can offer hope to communities both fearful of crime and looking for more socially constructive responses to crime. At the same time restorative justice practitioners seek definition in relation to the kinds of crime it is appropriate to apply restorative justice to, how it relates to different forms of punishment, to rehabilitation, and how it fits in with criminal justice systems and the law of different countries, how to reconcile the informal, participatory philosophy of restorative justice with formal legal processes and the need for legal safeguards. Content: Part1. Restorative Justice and the mainstream responses to crime. 1) M. Wright,  “Punishment: what does it mean and can it be restorative?”; 2) J. Willemsens, “Restorative Justice: a discussion on punishment”; Part 2. Assessment and restorative justice. 3) P. McCold, “A Survey of Assessment Research on Mediation and restorative justice”; 4) N. Harris, “Evaluating the practice of restorative justice”; Part 3. Restorative practices in non-judicial settings. 5) V. Braithwaite et al., “Researching prospects for restorative practice in schools: the life at school survey 1996-1999”; 6) J. Blad, “Community Mediation, Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice”; 7) O. Hagemann, “Restorative Justice in Prison?”; Part 4. Restorative Justice in different countries. 8) G. Manozzi, “Positioning mediation in the criminal justice system: the Italian legal framework of the 'justice of Peace''”; 9) F. Spiesschaert et al. “The implementation and development of restorative justice for juveniles in Flanders”; 10) I. Vanfraechem, “Implementing Family Group Conferencing in a legalistic system. The example of Belgium”; 11) I. Hyddle, “Anthropological reflections on restoring justice in Norway”; 12) A. Lemonne, “Alternative conflict resolution and Restorative justice”; 13) V. Nikolic-Ristanovici, “Possibilities for restorative justice in Serbia”; Part 5. Restorative justice and its constituents. 14) A. Morris, “Restorative Justice for adult offenders: the New Zealand experience”; 15) G. Masters, “The boldest initiative for Victims? Reviewing the limits and potential of restorative justice for victims of crime”; 16) G. Maxwell, “Differences in how girls and boys respond to family group conference. Preliminary research results”; 17) I. Ravier, “Do juvenile offenders perceive community service as restorative?”; 18) B. Mbambo and A. Skelton “Community Perceptions of children accused of crimes and the practice of restorative justice in South Africa: preparing the South African community for implementing the new child justice system”.

Source: Vanspauwen, K., Robert, L., Aertsen, I., Parmentier, S. (2003), Restorative Justice and Restorative Detention. A selected and annotated bibliography. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Onderzoeksgroep Penologie en Victimologie.

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