The EFRJ Board member Roberto Moreno (Basque country, Spain) recently published an article on a well-known legal journal in Spain where he talks about the EFRJ and RJ.
The title of the article is: El European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ): una experiencia europea para promover la justicia restaurativa y la mediación en Europa y mejorar servicios públicos en el ámbito de la administración de justicia en Euskadi (in English, ‘The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ): a European experience to promote restorative justice and mediation in Europe and improve public services in the field of administration of justice in Euskadi’).
The article has been published in October 2016 in the journal Revista Aranzadi Unión Europea 10, ISSN 1579-0452. This electronic journal is accessible by subscription. The article is in Spanish, but you can read below the abstract in English.
ABSTRACT: Restorative Justice is a change of paradigm regarding traditional Criminal Justice System. Instead of retribution it promotes reparation and empowerment for the victim, accountability and rehabilitation of the offender and inclusion in the community. The European Forum For Restorative Justice (EFRJ,) has been promoting since 2000 the spread of this movement in Europe as the most visible organization and working mainly with the EU agencies. The involvement of the Basque Government in the EFRJ´s work, has allowed for improving Victim Offender Mediation services towards European quality standards. In addition, different European movements like the EFRJ, have inspired legislative changes in the EU that have had direct impact in the Spanish criminal legislation to establish a model more restorative and less punitive.
KEYWORDS: Restorative Justice – Victim-Offender mediation – European Forum for Restorative Justice – Victim-Offender mediation Service – Victim Support Service