Restorative Justice on Trial

Pitfalls and Potentials of Victim-Offender Mediation — International Research Perspectives —

  • Heinz Messmer
  • Hans-Uwe Otto

Part of the Nato Science Series D: (closed) book series (ASID, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Heinz Messmer, Hans-Uwe Otto
      Pages 1-12
  3. Restorative Justice in Western Nations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Tony F. Marshall
      Pages 15-28
    3. John O. Haley, Ann Marie Neugebauer
      Pages 105-130
    4. Jean-Pierre Bonafé-Schmitt
      Pages 179-195
    5. Carlo E. Paliero, Grazia Mannozzi
      Pages 225-238
  4. Legal Constraints and Public Needs

  5. Applying Restorative Justice to Offenders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Roger Bullock, Michael Little, Spencer Millham
      Pages 367-377
    3. Feridun Yenisey
      Pages 409-415
  6. The Mediation Process

  7. Toward a Restoration of Justice

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 585-590

About this book


Victim-offender mediation schemes have experienced significant growth in the last decade. They are seen as an important and innovative alternative to the traditional sanctions of the criminal justice system. After a critical look at mediation schemes in the United States and Canada, most European countries have also increased their efforts to develop informal strategies to deal with deviant behavior. In terms of their legal and organizational base, it turns out that type, extent, and capacities for development are quite different in the individual countries -resulting in a remarkable diversity of programs with different outcomes. The contributions in this book are revised and edited versions of papers presented at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop Conflict, Crime and Reconciliation: The Organization of Welfare Intervention in the Field of Restitutive Justice in April 1991 at Il Ciocco, Italy. The chapters document the present stage of restorative justice in the individual countries, critically assess legal constraints and public needs, discuss the organizational requirements of implementation, and also evaluate outcomes in a broader context of crime and social policy. In the long run, this book should encourage further debates in the field of restorative justice and help build valid guidelines for an international evaluation research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Heinz Messmer
    • 1
  • Hans-Uwe Otto
    • 1
  1. 1.Special Research Unit 227, Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and AdolescenceUniversity of BielefeldBieleveldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4128-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8064-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-123X
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