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New guidelines: IAP Guidelines for the Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM)


The IAP Guidelines for Prosecutors regarding Victim-Offender Mediation aim to assist prosecution services in setting and implementing standards for victim-offender mediation (VOM) mechanisms.

The United Nations and other international organisations have supported restorative justice initiatives by, among other things, developing policies, including the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters and the UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power. The IAP Guidelines have embodied the principles set out in these international documents. 


These guidelines have been developed by the IAP, in collaboration with the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office of Korea and in consultation with prosecutors who have special knowledge in mediation practices and victims issues.  In September 2017, experienced prosecutors and relevant international organisations attended a dedicated workshop to discuss the draft. The guidelines have also benefited from comments made by UNODC Justice Division representatives.


For more information, please access the Good Practice Manuals page (password protected) here.