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i-RESTORE Research report on the application of restorative justice in cases involving child victims in Albania

2020-12-10
Mariana SEMINI | Terre des hommes | 59 pages
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A research review on the application of restorative justice in cases involving child victims in Albania, Greece and Romania was conducted within the “i-RESTORE - Better Protecting Child Victims Rights through Restorative Justice” project. The EU-funded project is led by Terre des hommes Regional Office in Hungary and implemented in partnership with the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Restorative Justice Netherlands, Terre des hommes Romania and Terre des hommes Greece.

The review resulted in four research reports: one European and three national reports (Albania, Greece, Romania). The research was carried in consultation with children and key stakeholders from these countries.  

The national research report in Albania was produced by Mariana Semini and aimed at identifying gaps and synergies concerning the application of restorative justice (RJ) in cases involving child victims. Amongst other goals, the project identified RJ practices in Albania, with a focus on the particularity of this process and the existence of best practices when working with children.

The first part of the report addresses the history of mediation and restorative justice (RJ) in Albania, followed by the second part that assesses the legal framework in respect to RJ. The last part of the report analyses, in detail, the findings in respect of RJ and mediation from four main groups: policymakers; law-enforcement institutions; Child Advisory Board members; child victims.

Based on the research, the author suggests a list of recommendations for a better implementation of restorative justice for child victims.

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The project “i-RESTORE - Better Protecting Child Victims Rights through Restorative Justice” (September 2019 until August 2021) aims to promote the use of restorative justice in cases involving child victims by improving knowledge amongst national stakeholders on child-victim friendly restorative justice and empowering children to advocate for better protection of child victims.

The project is co-funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020). The content of the reports represents the views of their authors only and is their sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.