Source: (2012) Paper presented at the 1st International Symposium on Restorative Justice and Human Rights. 2-7 June 2012, Skopelos Island, Greece.

The objective of the paper is twofold. First, to identify the philosophical foundations of restorative justice principles as they are debated in the teachings of Aristotle and translated into modern reality. Second, to introduce Aristotle into the history of restorative justice, as a pioneer in the restorative justice international movement. A solid philosophical and historical foundation for restoration justice is needed if contemporary practices are to be taken seriously for policy making and justice reform internationally. The Aristotelian tradition of liberal and consequentialist thought, and the historical effects that supported these teachings will form the basis of our arguments. (author's abstract)