EFRJ Newsflash
June 2016

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EFRJ conference 2016- LAST DAYS TO REGISTER!

Only few days left to register to the 9th international conference of the EFRJ (Leiden, 22-24 June)! The theme of the year is RJ and human rights: presenters will speak about how to make use of RJ practices within and beyond the criminal justice system in order for human rights to be granted in different settings. Check the updated programme, including the abstracts and biographies of our plenary speakers and the draft schedule of the six parallel workshop sessions! If you did not register yet, the last day is 5 June!
Other EFRJ activities in 2016
After the EFRJ conference in Leiden, other events will bring us together in 2016:

5-7 September (Istanbul, Turkey)- Inter-regional seminar 'The East meeting the West:  Ideas on the development of Restorative Justice'. More info here.

October (Leuven, Belgium)- Programme for youth education and training 'Restorative me' from the Erasmus+ grant (age 22-30 only). More info here.

October (Barcelona, Spain)CJPE's seminar on alternatives to prison. More info will be available soon.

20-27 November (Leuven and beyond)- International RJ WEEK 2016. More info here.

December (Brussels, Belgium)CJPE's seminar on the Victims' Directive. More info will be available soon.
International Forum for Crime Prevention

On 6-7 June 2016, the 10th Annual International Forum for Crime Prevention will take place in Magdeburg (Germany). The programme dedicated to the international (non-German speaking) audience is now available online. International experts from all areas of crime prevention are welcome to introduce, share and discuss their ideas, goals, outcomes, projects and speeches with other experts. More info here.


RJ4All: Symposium on RJ
On 17-24 June, leading scholars from around the world will meet in Greece at a critical economic and political point to advance ethos and morality in businesses and the justice system through the values and practices of restorative justice. This bi-annual event, titled the 3rd International Symposium on Restorative Justice is organised by the  Restorative Justice for all (RJ4All). To view the symposium's programme click here. To read delegates' biographies and abstracts click here and here

CEP news: Probation Award

The Confederation of European Probation (CEP, member of the Criminal Justice Platform Europe) is establishing a Probation Awards Scheme to celebrate outstanding contributions to probation. The awards scheme reflects CEP’s vision: to contribute to safer communities by rehabilitating and reintegrating offenders and providing the best possible interventions to reduce re-offending and the impact of crime. The deadline for receiving nominations is 15 July 2016. The awards will be presented at each General Assembly, beginning with the one to be held in Bucharest in October 2016.


Course on Motivational Interviewing
A two-day professional development event, 'Motivational Interviewing: Restorative Dialogue and Interventions for Change', will be offered by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (US). Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, restorative dialogue process that supports people in identifying their goals and achieving positive changes in their lives. Practitioners in a wide range of settings (including juvenile justice, drug and alcohol recovery, health care, education and the workplace) employ this technique to help people discover for themselves what stops them from making progress, so they can move forward. More info here.

Research report on the economic impact of VOM

A Basque research team conducted a research to assess the economic impact of the Victim-Offender Mediation for minor offenses. In 2015, they published the full report on the website of the Department of Justice of the Basque
government (in Spanish only). A short summary of the research project entitled '
Assessment of the Costs of Restorative Justice Including Quantity And Quality Indicators (Basque Country)' is available in English. The research will be presented during one of the workshop sessions of the EFRJ conference.

Moment of inspiration I
  John Braithwaite, distinguished professor at Australia National University, launched his own website, 'John Braithwaite: War, Crime, Regulation'. You can explore the website by selecting specific research themes (including restorative justice and peacebuilding) or by reading blog posts that highlight research, commentaries and articles on war, crime and regulation.
Moment of inspiration II

Ted Wachtel, founder and former president of the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) launched his new video and text blog, Building a New Reality. Ted retired in July 2015, but he continues to be involved in IIRP projects in schools and communities and, privately, he continues to think about ways to expand the boundaries of restorative practices into the areas of politics, governance and economics. You can meet Ted at the next conference of the EFRJ in Leiden, where he will present his ideas in one of the parallel workshops!

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