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Restorative Justice in N.I - RG Collingwood

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 16 September 2009

What is the best way to settle a dispute, and if you are a victim of crime what is the best way to get justice? Laurie Taylor finds out about an alternative to police and courts and the conventional criminal justice system.

The idea of restorative justice is to try to find a new way to settle arguments and bring justice so that offenders and victims can carry on living side by side. Can bringing victims and culprits together to talk or making a guilty party compensate the injured one provide the answer? And can it work for all crimes, however serious? Laurie talks to Anna Eriksson and Heather Strang about the use of restorative justice in Northern Ireland. For countries with a long history of violence in their communities, can restorative justice be used to heal the wounds?

Also in the programme, what lessons can we learn from history about how to live our lives? Laurie talks to Prof Fred Inglis about the life of philosopher Robin Collingwood and how we can live the good life by learning our lessons from the past.

  • Dr Anna Eriksson

    Dr Anna Eriksson, Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University, Melbourne

    Justice in Transition: Community Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland
    Publisher: Willan Publishing
    ISBN-10: 1843925184
    ISBN-13: 978-1843925187

    Find out more about Anna Eriksson
  • Dr Heather Strang

    Dr Heather Strang, Deputy Director, Police Executive Programme at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge

    Restorative Justice: The Evidence
    By Lawrence W Sherman and Heather Strang
    The Smith Institute, 3rd Floor, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AW

    Repair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice
    Publisher: OUP Oxford
    ISBN-10: 0199251649
    ISBN-13: 978-0199251643

    Find out more about Heather Strang
  • Professor Fred Inglis

    Fred Inglis, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sheffield

    The History Man: The Life of R G Collingwood by Princeton
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    ISBN-10: 0691130140
    ISBN-13: 978-0691130149

    Find out more Fred Inglis



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