Developing Common Ground for International Research on Restorative Conferencing

Ivo Aertson, Catholic University of Leuven

Members of the in the European Forum are currently engaged in developing a template to compare, contrast and identify common elements of restorative conferencing practices in different countries each, based on updating the research conducted by Miers, et. al. (2001) form the United Kingdom. Moreover, Eurpoean Forum has also conducted a seminar on European empirical research on RJ (inventory oriented research would be part of it). However, what has been notably missing from each of these studies has been a common schedule or template to also make comparisons possible between North-America, Europa, Australasia, .and elsewhere. The purpose of this presentation is to examine the commonalities and differences among these various works and to develop a common template for designing and conducting reliable restorative justice research.

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Updated 05/20/2006