Source: (2004) Paper presented at “New Frontiers in Restorative Justice: Advancing Theory and Practice”, Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University at Albany, New Zealand, 2-5 December.
To date, definitions of restorative justice have focused primarily on restorative values. Most discussions of restorative justice theory seem to take for granted a shared understanding of justice, focusing primarily on what restorative justice is — that is, on what makes this approach to justice different from the conventional approach. This presentation will a) suggest that an adequate definition of restorative justice must articulate what is meant by ‘justic’ as well as what is meant by ‘restorative,’ b) propose that a social contract theory of justice can explain what is occurring when restorative justice is successful, and c) discuss implications for restorative justice practice. Abstract courtesy of the Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University, http://justpeace.massey.ac.nz.
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