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Restoring the Future. Towards a restorative environmental justice praxis

Emanuela Biffi & Brunilda Pali, 2019

This booklet was published by the European Forum for Restorative Justice for celebrating the international Restorative Justice Week 2019. The booklet is a collection of articles written by researchers, practitioners, artists, activists interested and/or working on the intersections between environmental justice and restorative justice.

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Building Bridges: Prisoners, Crime Victims and Restorative Justice

Iain Brennan & Gerry Johnstone, 2019

This book provides a comprehensive evaluation of Building Bridges, a programme of restorative meetings between victims and prisoners in seven European countries. The authors first describe how participation affected victims and offenders. Then, through case studies in three countries, they frame the social-ecological contexts of the programmes, discussing the organisational and socio-political factors that influenced how these programmes were delivered and what is necessary for them to be sustained.

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The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation

Fania Davis, 2019.

This timely work will inform scholars and practitioners on the subjects of pervasive racial inequity and the healing offered by restorative justice practices. Addressing the intersectionality of race and the US criminal justice system, social activist Fania Davis explores how restorative justice has the capacity to disrupt patterns of mass incarceration through effective, equitable, and transformative approaches.
(Published by Good Books)

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Restorative and Responsive Human Services

Edited by Gale Burford, John Braithwaite, Valerie Braithwaite, 2019.

The book brings together a distinguished collection providing rich lessons on how regulation in human services can proceed in empowering ways that heal and are respectful of human relationships and legal obligations. The human services are in trouble: combining restorative justice with responsive regulation might redeem them, renewing their well-intended principles. Families provide glue that connects complex systems. What are the challenges in scaling up relational practices that put families and primary groups at the core of health, education, and other social services?
(Published by Routledge)

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Restoring Harm: A Psychosocial Approach to Victims and Restorative Justice

Daniela Bolivar, 2018.

The book analyses the restoration process from a psychosocial point of view and discusses the role of victim–offender mediation within such a process. It brings together literature from the fields of restorative justice, victimology and psychology, and shares original findings from victims who were interviewed in Belgium and Spain.
(Published by Routledge)

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Critical Restorative Justice

Edited by Ivo Aertsen & Brunilda Pali, 2017.

The aim of this collection is to bridge the distance between restorative justice and the critical theory tradition. It, on the one hand, takes into account the limits of restorative justice as they have been articulated, or can be articulated through critical social theory, and on the other hand emphasises the ground-breaking potential that restorative justice can bring to this tradition as a way to address crimes, conflicts and injustices, and to pursue justice.
(Published by Hart Publishing)

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Restorative Imagination: Artistic Pathways. Ideas and experiences at the intersection between art and restorative justice

Edited by Emanuela Biffi & Brunilda Pali, 2017.

This booklet was published by the European Forum for restorative Justice for celebrating the international Restorative Justice Week 2017,  is a collection of articles written by researchers, practitioners, artists, activists, dreamers interested and/or working on the intersections between arts and restorative justice.


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Restoring Justice and Security in Intercultural Europe

Edited by Brunilda Pali & Ivo Aertsen, 2018.

The book is one of two volumes resulting from the work by a group of researchers in six European countries having cooperated intensively during four years in ALTERNATIVE, an action research project funded under the EU Seventh Framework Programme.
(Published by Routledge)


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Action Research in Criminal Justice. Restorative justice approaches in intercultural settings

Edited by Inge Vanfraechem & Ivo Aertsen, 2018.

This book is one of two volumes resulting from the work by a group of researchers in six European countries having cooperated intensively during four years in ALTERNATIVE, an action research project funded under the EU Seventh Framework Programme.
(Published by Routledge)

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Reimagining Restorative Justice: Agency and Accountability in the Criminal Process

Written by O’Mahony David & Doak Jonathan, 2017.

The book is a significant contribution to the confusing and over-complicated field of restorative justice theory. The authors use empowerment theory to bring conceptual and operational clarity to the concepts of agency and accountability in restorative processes and outcomes. As a result they develop a convincing argument for face to face dialogue between victim and perpetrator within the core of the criminal justice system. Their emphasis upon ethical and skillful practice is a welcome riposte to the rapid spread of ‘restorative justice lite’ driven by managerialism and the need to cut costs.
(Published by Hart Publishing)

Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence.Legal, Social and Therapeutic Dimensions

Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Legal, Social and Therapeutic Dimensions

Edited by Estelle Zinsstag & Marie Keenan, 2017

This international collection brings together leading expert scholars and practitioners to offer both theoretical and practical perspectives on restorative justice and sexual violence. This book will be of interest to researchers in the field of law, criminology, psychology, social science, social work and psychotherapy, as well as practitioners in the fields of criminal justice, restorative justice and sex offender and victim trauma therapies. This book resulted from the EU funded project coordinated by KU Leuven in 2013-2015, ‘Developing integrated responses to sexual violence: an interdisciplinary research project on the potential of restorative justice‘.
(Published by Routledge)
You can download the practice guide for free here.

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Victims and Restorative Justice

Edited by Inge Vanfraechem, Daniela Bolívar Fernández & Ivo Aertsen, 2015.

Using a combination of victimological literature and empirical data from a European research project, this book considers the role and the position of the victim in restorative justice practices, focusing on legislative, organisational and institutional frameworks of victim-offender mediation and conferencing programmes at a national and local level, as well as the victims’ personal needs and experiences. This book resulted from the EU funded project coordinated by the EFRJ in 2011-2012, “Victims and Restorative Justice: An empirical study of the needs, experiences and position of victims within restorative justice practices“.
(Published by Routledge)

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Justice for Victims: Perspectives on rights, transition and reconciliation

Edited by Inge Vanfraechem, Antony Pemberton & Felix Mukwiza Ndahinda, 2014.

This book brings together an international collection of exemplary scholars to offer a state-of-the art overview of the current study of victims of crime, combining both legal and social scientific perspectives and articulating both in bold new directions. This book resulted from the World Society of Victimology Symposium in the Hague (The Netherlands) in 2012.
(Published by Routledge)

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Regulating Restorative Justice. A comparative study of legislative provision in European countries

Edited by David Miers & Ivo Aertsen, 2012.

Many European countries have taken at least some steps towards incorporating restorative justice in their system, and this book assess how far some of them have gone in formalizing their progress in legislation. The countries represented are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and two neighbours, Israel and Turkey. 
(Published by Polizeiwissenschaft)
Read here the whole review by Martin Wright.

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Restorative justice realities: Research in a European context

Edited by Inge Vanfraechem, Ivo Aertsen & Jolien Willemsens, 2010.

This book takes up the challenge to examine restorative justice research as it is undertaken in nine European countries during last twenty years. The book provides an overview of empirical research on victim-offender mediation and conferencing. The research deals with a variety of topics and many of the findings have never been published in English before. The book presents research approaches and results in various countries in order to enhance comparison and to allow further reflection on the possibilities and limits of undertaking European research in this field. This work is the result of the EU funded COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action A21 on ‘Restorative Justice Developments in Europe,’ and includes contributions by researchers with broad experience in the restorative justice field, supported by policy makers and practitioners.
(Published by Eleven Publishing)
Read here the review by Martin Wright.

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Restoring justice after large-scale violent conflicts: Kosovo, DR Congo and the Israeli-Palestinian case

Edited by Ivo Aertsen, Jane Arsovska, Holger-C. Rohne, Marta Valiñas & Kris Vanspauwen, 2008.

This book provides a comparative analysis of the potential of restorative justice approaches to dealing with mass victimization in the context of large-scale violent conflicts focusing on case studies from Kosovo, Israel-Palestine and Congo, incorporating contributions from leading authorities in these areas. One of the main objectives of the book is to examine if, how and to what extent restorative justice is applicable in various different cultural, social and historical contexts, and what common themes can be identified within the different regions under analysis. The book will also provide a critical analysis of the UN Basic Principles on the use of restorative justice programmes in criminal matters as applied to the context of large scale violence.
(Published by Willan Publishing).

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Images of Restorative Justice Theory

Edited by Robert Mackay, Marko Bošnjak, Johan Deklerck, Christa Pelikan, Bas van Stokkom & Martin Wright, 2007.

This book is the product of serious work and discussions over four years in an international and multidisciplinary group funded by the COST Action A 21 ‘Restorative Justice Developments in Europe.’ It provides readers with contributions by experienced academics and researchers that deepen the understanding of restorative justice from the broad perspective of macro-theories down to a focus on micro dynamics in restorative justice procedures. The position of restorative justice vis-a-vis the law and criminal justice system is systematically analyzed and discussed. Ideas and positions from the Anglophone academic world are confronted or enriched with the contrasting traditions in political and sociological theory and legal reasoning of Continental Europe. All this makes this volume a novel contribution that will stimulate theoretical thinking and further enquiries and debates about restorative justice.
(Published by Polizeiwissenschaft)

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Institutionalising Restorative Justice

Edited by Ivo Aertsen, Tom Daems & Luc Robert, 2006.

This new book aims to explore the key issues and debates surrounding the question of the incorporation and institutionalisation of restorative justice within existing penal and criminal justice systems, an increasingly pressing issue given the rapid spread of restorative justice worldwide at both national and international levels. In doing so it aims to build bridges between those concerned with the practical institutionalisation of restorative justice on the one hand, and those engaged in more theoretical aspects of penal development and analysis on the other. It offers conceptual tools and a theoretical framework to help make sense of these developments, reflecting expertise drawn from analysis of developments in Europe, North America and Australasia.
(Published by Willam Publishing)

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Mapping Restorative Justice: Developments in 25 European Countries

Edited by David Miers & Jolien Willemsens, 2004.

This up-to-date publication in the field of restorative justice gives a good overview of what really is happening in practice, legislation and policy, as well as what does research show on the evaluation of restorative justice programmes in Europe. Facts and figures on these and other topics are presented in a comparative way in this comprehensive review, which covers the developments in no less than 25 European countries.
(Published by European Forum for Restorative Justice)

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Rebuilding Community Connections – Mediation and Restorative Justice

Written by Ivo Aertsen, Robert Mackay, Christa Pelikan, Martin Wright & Jolien Willemsens, 2004.

This book outlines the main features of restorative justice, including different models and research findings, and proposes guidelines for setting up programmes. It also identifies problems and ways of dealing with them. This guide provides essential information for those planning to introduce restorative justice in their country. For countries that have already done so, it offers an opportunity to review practice in the light of experiences and research elsewhere.
(Published for the Council of Europe)

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Victim-Offender Mediation in Europe. Making Restorative Justice Work

Edited by European Forum of Restorative Justice, 2000.

This publication is an initiative of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, and results from its first conference which was held in Leuven, Belgium, from 27-29 October 1999.
The first part consider victim-offender mediation and restorative justice from a more theoretical point of view. These analyses of theoretical, legal, policy, ethical and societal aspects of mediation and restorative justice have been written by well-known scholars in this field. 
The second part of the book consists of overviews of the state of affairs on victim-offender mediation in the eight countries in which it had developed the most up till then (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom).
It is probably for the first time that such extensive reports on the practice of victim-offender mediation in Europe have been brought together in a comparative way.
(Published by Leuven University Press)
This book is part of the serie: Samenleving Criminaliteit & Strafrechtspleging, 20 (Book 20).