Source: (2004) Paper 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 24 May 2005.

I will start by taking a look back at the origins of some of the main ideas of restorative justice, both in Norway and elsewhere. After that I will take a look at developments from an outsider's perspective. Since I am from Norway my main examples will be drawn from that country, although I draw on international trends to some extent. Ultimately the outcome could point in two directions, either towards restorative justice as a new tool for the criminal justice sector, or towards restorative justice as offering the possibility of gradual transition towards a new understanding of conflict resolution. (excerpt)