August 2006 Edition
Stories include: Mediation in Belgium: Law of 22 June 2005 Implementing Mediation in the Code of Criminal Procedure; New Graduate Degree Programme in Restorative Justice; Victim Offender Mediation in Sweden; Book Review: Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Aboriginal Communities, Restorative Justice and the Challenges of Conflict and Change; Video Review: Victim Offender Mediation and Conferencing: A Multi-Method Approach; Meet Jaime Martin; Website of the Month: Youth Justice Conferencing, Queensland
Mediation in Belgium: Law of 22 June 2005 Implementing Mediation in the Code of Criminal Procedure
In June 2005, a new mediation law in Belgium opened the door for victims or offenders to request mediation in any criminal case. In this article, David Eyckmans of the Forum for Mediation and Restorative Justice - vzw Suggnomè describes the new law.
New Graduate Degree Programme in Restorative Justice
In June 2006, the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) received authorisation to grant graduate degrees in the area of restorative justice. The programme will offer two master’s degrees and a non-degree certificate in restorative practice. The first term will run from September through December this year.
Victim Offender Mediation in Sweden
In Sweden, experiments with victim offender mediation began in the 1980s and gained legislative recognition in 2002. In this article excerpt, Lottie Wahlin of the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention provides an overview of the use of mediation in Sweden. The full text of the article is provided.
Book Review: Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Aboriginal Communities, Restorative Justice and the Challenges of Conflict and Change
Many restorative justice activists point to similarities between traditional indigenous justice philosophies and restorative justice. This book explores these similarities, the idea of community in restorative justice and the use of such practices with indigenous communities by western criminal justice systems.
Video Review: Victim Offender Mediation and Conferencing: A Multi-Method Approach
This 22 minute informational video offers an introduction to restorative justice processes and the importance of fostering dialogue to help victims and offenders respond to crime.
Website of the Month: Youth Justice Conferencing, Queensland
In Queensland, Australia, youth justice conferencing is used to involve young offenders, their families, victims and their support people in a participatory response to wrong doing. This website offers information about the youth justice conferencing process in Queensland and its legal foundations.
Recent additions to Restorative Justice Online.
Meet Jaime Martin
Jaime Martín coordinates international relationships for the Secretary of Penitentiary Services, Rehabilitation and Juvenile Justice in Catalonia, Spain.