Source: (2013) Restorative Justice: An International Journal. 1(1):1-14.
The idea of creating an international journal on restorative justice is not particularly
new. In the last ten years, and even before that, ideas were exchanged and plans made
on a number of occasions concerning the possibility of such an initiative. Various international restorative justice organisations, practitioners and networks of researchers put
forward proposals in this respect. However, the necessary human and financial resources
and an appropriate environment to take up such an endeavour were simply lacking. That
is, until recently.
Today, following extensive consultation with and support from a large group of key
international experts, but also with the professional guidance of a well-respected and
visionary publisher, we are delighted to launch this journal. It is our belief that the time
has come for an international medium offering in-depth, sophisticated and high-quality
forms of communication about restorative justice the world over. Restorative justice has
developed as a field of innovative ideas, evolving practices and research that is of crucial
relevance to the way justice is done and, more broadly, to working towards a more just
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