Source: (2001) Paper presented at the Restorative and Community Justice: Inspiring the Future conference, held in Winchester, England, 28-31 March.

David Daubney is general counsel on the Sentencing Reform Team in the Department of Justice in Canada. Canada has been exploring restorative justice approaches to crime and conflict for about fifteen years. He has seen the promise of restorative justice in pursuing a more satisfying justice system, yet he has also seen the adverse consequences of poorly run restorative programs. In this context he notes the roles of Canada, other countries, and other organizations in producing a draft resolution on "Basic principles on the use of restorative justice programmes in criminal matters" for United Nations deliberation and action. Daubney goes on to describe the substance and potential value of the resolution.