There can be no doubt that restorative justice has an appeal among new researchers, policy makers and practitioners internationally. This interest continues to grow. Particularly over the last three years, Europe has taken a keen interest in the normative promises of restorative justice. Through its two regional bodies, the European Union and the Council of Europe, Europe has seen an unprecedented development of policies, legislation and practices pursuing the restorative justice ambitions. It is my prediction that this high and deep level of interest will soon be spread internationally.
Historically, the restorative justice vision was applied primarily for inter-community tensions and there are a number of examples from our recent shameful conflict history that bear evidence to this claim. In fact, there is a rich literature on the contribution, advantages and disadvantages of restorative justice based interventions to this type of group violence