Source: (2004) Papers presented at the Third Conference of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, 'Restorative Justice in Europe: Where are we heading?', Budapest, Hungary, 14-16 October. Downloaded 22 September 2005.

In compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding of COST A21 Working Group 2 (WG2) is doing Policy oriented research on restorative justice developments. According to the European Council Framework Decision of 15 March 2001 on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings (articles 10 and 17 ) Member States should adapt their national laws in order to implement mediation by the year 2006. With the current state of affairs, Member States have little guidance on what works and what doesn’t in the restorative justice field in terms of organising the practice. This research domain intends to give a better view of just this. The WG2 subject matters attracted a huge number of researchers- currently the group consists of 21 members from 13 different countries, of different stage of RJ developments, it is the largest one in the Action and I dare say that all members are very much involved and work hard. Our activities started in September 2003.The WG2 met two times in the course of 2003 and two times in 2004 (by now). The research domain itself was originally split up in 4 sub-domains, and later one a new subdomain was added. WG2 nominated for each sub-domain one or two responsible persons (‘reporters’). The chair of the group is Vania Patane, Italy. We have started working on the first 4 sub-domains effectively more or less simultaneously, whereas action on the new sub-domain has still to be started. (excerpt)

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