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Restorative justice – a giant leap or just another tool for the criminal justice system?

Falck, Sturla
June 4, 2015

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)


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