Victim-Offender Mediation in Europe

Making Restorative Justice Work


Series: Society, Crime and Criminal Justice 20

Category: Law

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058670359

Publication date: June 21, 2000

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Number of pages: 382

Size: 240 x 160 x mm

Stock item: 63709

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This publication is an initiative of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, and results from its first conference which was held in Leuven, Belgium, from 27-29 October 1999. The first six chapters consider victim-offender mediation and restorative justice from a more theoretical point of view. These analyses of theoretical, legal, policy, ethical and societal aspects of mediation and restorative justice have been written by well-known scholars in this field. The second part of the book consists of overviews of the situation with regard to victim-offender mediation in the eight European countries in which it is currently the most developed (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom). For these last chapters, a multitude of information was collected in each of these countries, and this is presented and analysed comparatively. The following topics are discussed for each of the countries: the history of victim-offender mediation in that particular country, the legal context, policy and implementation, the number of programmes and the way they function, the practice of mediation, the number and characteristics of cases, evaluation and research, and finally challenges, obstacles and expectations for the future. This is probably the first time that such extensive reports on the practice of victim-offender mediation in Europe have been brought together in this way.

In publishing this book the European Forum is seeking to contribute to the realisation of one of its objectives, namely providing people all over Europe – and beyond – with information on victim-offender mediation and restorative justice in other countries. Restorative justice is a relatively new field and is still very much evolving. A full exchange of information and ideas will contribute to this process.

Introduction: Victim-Offender mediation: reality and challenges – Tony Peters

Part 1 – Issues in victim-offender mediation and restorative justice

  1. Restorative justice: for whose benefit? – Martin Wright

  2. Mediation, criminal justice and community involvement – Jacques Faget
  3. Ethics and good practice in restorative justice – Robert E. Mackay
  4. Victim-offender mediation: legal and procedural safeguards. Experiments and legislation in some European jurisdictions – Marc Groenhuijsen
  5. Policy developments and the concept of restorative justice through mediation – Siri Ilona Kemény
  6. Research on victim-offender mediation. Findings and needs for the future – Elmar G.M. Weitekamp

    Part 2 – Victim-offender mediation in eight European countries

  7. Victim-offender mediation in Austria – Christa Pelikan

  8. Victim-offender mediation in Belgium – Ivo Aertsen
  9. Victim-offender mediation in Finland – Juhani Iivari
  10. Victim-offender mediation in France – Daniel Jullion
  11. Victim-offender mediation in Germany – Britta Bannenberg
  12. Victim-offender mediation in Norway – Karen Kristin Paus
  13. Victim-offender mediation in Poland – Beata Czarnecka-Dzialuk and Dobrochna Wojcik
  14. Victim-offender mediation in the United-Kingdom – Marian Liebmann and Guy Masters

Notes on the contributors

Appendix: Council of Europe Recommendation n° R(99) 19 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States Concerning Mediation in Penal Matters

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