Restorative Justice: Beyond the Mainstream

  • 01 November 2013
  • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • School of Social Sciences and Psychology at the University of Western Sydney Friday 1 November 9.30-4pm University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus Building 1, Level 1, Room 90 RSVP to
Professor Ivo Aertsen is the Head of the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) in the Faculty of Law at KU Leuven in Belgium, and the co-ordinator of its Research Line on Restorative Justice (see: 

To showcase his extensive work on restorative justice as well as that of UWS staff and other distinguished scholars from Australian Universities working on this diverse topic, UWS is organising a one-day seminar on restorative justice 'beyond the mainstream'.

Restorative justice measures have become a mainstream response to offending in recent decades, and much has been documented about its application to cases of minor offending, such as non-violent property crime and/or offending by juveniles. Much less has been documented about restorative justice 'beyond the mainstream' - that is, in response to serious and/or violent crimes, to long-term human rights abuses, to prisoners on death row or reintegrating into the community as 'sexually violent predators', and to large-scale national conflicts such as apartheid in South Africa or genocide in Rwanda. This event seeks to address this gap by considering its application to these crimes around the globe. 

It has four primary interrelated aims:

* To document new and/or cutting-edge applications of restorative justice; 
* To take stock of the existing knowledge about restorative justice responses in these non-mainstream contexts; 
* To canvas the issues and debates that emerge from the application of restorative measures in these contexts; and
* To sketch a future research agenda about the application of restorative justice 'beyond the mainstream'.

Invited speakers include:

* Professor Ivo Aertsen (restorative justice in intercultural settings) * Dr Jane Bolitho and Jenny Bargen (restorative justice and serious offending) * Robert Mackay (restorative justice and sexual violence of the Catholic Church) * Associate Professor Brian Stout (restorative justice and serious offences in Northern Ireland) * Dr Kelly Richards (restorative justice and circles of support and accountability) * Dr Kerry Clamp (restorative justice in transitional settings)

Academics, researchers, professionals and postgraduate students are welcome to attend. The event is free and a light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
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