Source: (2000) Paper presented at the Ancillary Meetings of the Tenth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders. Vienna, Austria, 10-17 April.

Braithwaite discusses the benefits and the pitfalls of regulating restorative justice practices. One main concern is power imbalance and control by a governmental regulatory body. The power issue includes power imbalances between victims and offenders (i.e. domestic violence), offenders and the community, and community and the process. Braithwaite goes on to define broad guidelines that would be useful for restorative justice practice. He bases much of his thinking on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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