Source: (2007) MFS-Report No. 43. UMEÅ UNIVERSITY Department of Law.

Our purpose is to study the Rural Judicial Facilitators Program in the light of the restorative justice theory, and examine whether it complies with relevant fundamental legal principles. This will be done in three stages: 1. First we will examine the theoretical background of using other means than prosecution to deal with crimes. What is restorative justice and in which ways can it be in conflict with due process- and victims’ rights identified in the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights? In relation to this we will look at how the UN Resolution Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters9 answers to the need of protecting these rights. 2. What is the RJF Program and how does it work in theory and in practice? Our primary focus is the mediation process in cases when it is used as an alternative to prosecution of crimes. 3. How does the RJF Program answer to the concerns expressed when using restorative justice programs? Does it comply with the recommendations in the UN Resolution and does it work in a way that is acceptable from a rule of law point of view? (excerpt)

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