EFRJ Newsflash
December 2015
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EFRJ News from the RJ WEEK 2015

  November has been a busy month for the EFRJ team in Leuven. 
Together with the partners in the project ALTERNATIVE, we have been organising the final conference 'Justice and Security in Intercultural Europe: Exploring Alternatives' where about 90 participants shared research and practices experiences of RJ in intercultural settings. You can find pictures and news from the conference on social media
We also organised a series of events to celebrate the RJ WEEK 2015 and the 15th anniversary of the EFRJ. First, the Norwegian theatre group 'No Theatre' performed the play 'A Conversation', on a RJ conference in a case of sexual assault and murder. Then, Jan de Cock presented his latest book, 'Hotel Pardon', sharing some personal stories with the panel discussants and the public. Finally, we screened the film 'Beyond Punishment' and we had the opportunity to ask questions to the film director, Hubertus Siegert. About 120 people participated in at least one of these activities. Some pictures have been shared already on social media.
Across Europe, other events took place to celebrate the RJ WEEK 2015: see here the calendar of events and feel free to share your pictures and stories with us! We will give visibility to your initiatives on our social media.
EFRJ research report on desistance and RJ

The latest EU-funded project coordinated by the EFRJ resulted in a research report and guidelines on desistance and RJ. 'Desistance and Restorative Justice: Mechanisms for desisting from crime within restorative justice practices' (Lauwaert & Aertsen, editors) and 'Guidance for developing restorative justice processes supporting desistance. Promising practices' (Lauwaert) are available on the EFRJ website in a .pdf format.

Next events in Brussels
3 December 2015: The Criminal Justice Platform Europe is organising an international seminar on the implementation of three Framework Decisions. The EFRJ chair and vice-chair will present respectively on RJ and the victims' directive. More info here.
26 January 2016: The Verwey-Jonker Institute, in collaboration with the partners in this project, is organising a 
final seminar on RJ in cases of intimate partners violence. More info and registration (free of charge) here
Application deadline for the RJ seminar in Istanbul
The EFRJ, the Asia Pacific Forum for Restorative Justice and Istanbul Bilgi University have taken the initiative to organise an inter-regional seminar in Istanbul (5-7 September 2016) to share ideas on the developments of RJ. They aim at bringing together a group of about 50 persons: applications are still open til 31 December. Find here more info.   
Report on the use of mediation in Poland
  The final report ‘Diagnosis of the use of mediation and of the reasons for its lower than expected popularity’ resulted from a larger project for promoting alternative methods of dispute resolution in Poland. The report focuses on three research areas: training needs of judges, prosecutors and mediators; media communication strategies; and finally the current use of mediation and the reasons for its low popularity. 
Girls' rights and the (restorative) justice system

A new report has been published by the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children. This new report entitled 'Safeguarding the rights of girls in the criminal justice system' addresses the specific situation of girls in the criminal justice system where restorative justice is most often absent and where international standards on children’s protection seem very distant from the reality on the ground.

Events on restorative practices (IIRP Europe)

Starting from March 2016, the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) will organise a series of events and trainings in The Netherlands, Ireland and UK on restorative practices and conferencing for practitioners with different levels of experiences. Click on this link to see the IIRP calendar of events, including also the two world conferences in Costa Rica and US.


Courses on peacebuilding, reconciliation and healing trauma
The Canadian School of Peacebuilding in Winnipeg is organising 5-day intensive courses for professional development, personal inspiration or academic credit. On 13-17 June 2016
, courses will be on 'Reconciling Our Future: Stories of Kanata and Canada', 'The Biblical Story of Hope and Healing', and 'Peace Skills Practice'. On 22-26 June 2016, courses will be on 'Arts and Peacebuilding', 'Psychosocial Trauma Healing', 'Peace Building Through Community Development', and 'Peacemaking Circles: Philosophy and Applications'. Find here the courses' descriptions. For more information about CSOP, click here.  
Restorative interventions and mental health

The International Academy of Law and Mental Health will have its XXXVth Congress in Prague on 9-14 July 2017. Several sessions are dedicated to the field of Restorative interventions and processes. Researchers and practitioners in the field who are interested in presenting their work can send an abstract of 200 words in the attached form no later than the 5 December 2015. More info here.

Moment of inspiration 

'Find love where you least expect it'. In this short video, a prisoner tells how he understood what love is (or is not) thanks to Agnes, the mother and grandmother of the woman and child he murdered. 'By all rights, she should hate me. But she didn't': 'through the journey that we took [...] she gave me love'.

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