Source: (2004) Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Renaissance Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 2004.

The most distinctive feature of restorative justice is its use of a victim-centered response to crime with the goal of successful reintegration of both victim and offender as productive community members. In Confucian East Asia, reciprocity, mutuality, and harmony have been stressed as essential concepts of successful community life. These concepts are at the heart of restorative justice initiatives. This paper examines the developments of the restorative justice programs in New Zealand, Australia, and other Western countries. It then probes the ways in which such programs can be implemented in East Asian context. Special attention will be paid to the Korean traditional ideas similar to restorative justice and considers appropriate ways to adapt these ideas to restorative justice programs in contemporary Korea. (author's abstract)