n Acta Juridica - Situating restorative youth justice in crime control and prevention : Part I - international trends in restorative justice

Volume 2007, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1346
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2088



Restorative justice has been one of the most significant developments in criminal justice practice and criminological thinking to have emerged over the past two decades. It offers both a philosophy of conflict resolution and a model of justice. It is said to have implications for governance at local, national and international levels, and relevance in guiding the settlement of non-criminal quarrels, minor infractions and serious interpersonal violence, as well as international disputes, state violence and cases of mass genocide in societies in transition. Yet, in large part it constitutes either a practice (often at the margins) in search of a theory or alternatively, a philosophy desperately seeking implementation. Despite important steps to reconcile theory and practice, the 'gap' between ideal and reality remains a considerable one.

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