EFRJ Newsflash
March 2016
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RJ & Human Rights: EFRJ conference 2016!

  The EFRJ is happy to announce that registrations are open for its 9th international conference, ‘Realising Restorative Justice: Human Rights and Personal Realities’ (Leiden, 22-24 June 2016).
The conference will take place in a beautiful building of the Law School of Leiden University in The Netherlands. The city is not so far from The Hague,  where many international courts and human rights institutes are based. Plenary speakers will present different perspectives on human rights and restorative justice, looking at theories and practices in national and international contexts as well as at how restorative justice principles and values may contribute to overcome current human rights challenges in Europe and beyond. 
Be aware of some deadlines! Early bird registration is until 15 April 2016, papers' submission is until 31 March and registration closes on 1 June!
CJPE's conference on radicalisation 


The next conference of the Criminal Justice Platform Europe will take place in Barcelona on 26 April 2016. The theme will be: 'Radicalisation and Violent Extremism'. The conference will focus on radicalisation in Europe, in particular on these issues in prisons, probation and the community and the transfer of radicalised offenders from prison back into society. Registration is free of charge, but limited seats are available!

EurAsia seminar on RJ 

  The deadline for participating in the inter-regional seminar 'EurAsia' on the developments of RJ in Europe and Asia is 31 March! The seminar will take place in Istanbul (Turkey) on 5-7 September 2016 and it will bring together 50 people (25 from the East, 25 from the West) in the field of RJ research, practice and policy-making. 
Conference on alternatives to imprisonment
The international conference 'Alternative to imprisonment: Identification and Exchange of Good Practices' will take place in Milan (Italy) on 11-12 March. In this occasion, academics, justice practitioners, policy makers and authorities as well as for third sector organizations and civil society will reflect on the findings of this EU-funded project, looking at community sentences, restorative justice and other alternative practices to imprisonment.
Victim Support Europe conference
Marc Cerón, one of the Executive Members of the Criminal Justice Platform Europe (CJPE) and President of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP), will present during the Victim Support Europe (VSE) conference in Utrecht on 25-26 May 2016. Find here more info about the VSE conference.
Free webinars on restorative practices
The International Institute of Restorative Practices will deliver free webinars on the following topics:
  • SaferSanerSchools: Whole-School Change Through Restorative Practices (23 March or 20 May)
  • Building Campus Community: Restorative Practices in Residential Life on College and University Campuses (13 April)
  • Becoming a Restorative Leader (6 April)
More info here. For more trainings and conferences visit the website.
Intensive course on restorative practices
Ulster University will offer an intensive course on restorative practices at University of Stathclyde in Glasgow on 6-10 June 2016. This module will participants the opportunity to learn the skills required to facilitate restorative conferences. It includes training in the engagement and preparation of people who have been harmed and people responsible for harm, their supporters and the community. More information here.  
Restorative conversations with Prof. Aertsen
This is the third episode of Restorative Conversations. In this episode Ian Marder interviews Prof. Ivo Aertsen, one of the founders of the EFRJ and current Director of the Leuven Institute of Criminology (KU Leuven). Prof. Aertsen talks about the implementation of RJ in Belgium and in Europe and speaks about the EFRJ and the journal 'Restorative Justice'.
Info pack on RJ in custodial settings

  The Restorative Justice Council (UK) has recently published an information pack on RJ in custodial settings. The pack looks at building capacity within the prison and creating a supportive environment to enable external agencies deliver RJ on their behalf. It also covers frequently asked questions and includes articles on how effective partnership with voluntary sector providers can support delivery.
Free e-book on peacebuilding

The Canadian School of Peacebuilding launched the book 'Voices of Harmony and Dissent: How Peacebuilders are Transforming Their Worlds'.  Each chapter explores three dimensions of peacebuilding: stories of inspiring peace work, tools and strategies for peacebuilding in a variety of settings, and resources that have helped shape the author's views. The e-book version of this book now available for free.

Studentship on restorative responses to family violence
  The University of Sheffield is advertising a collaborative studentship entitled 'Exploring Restorative Responses to Family Violence: New Directions for Research, Policy and Practice.' The deadline for applications is 18 March 2016.
Course on restorative approaches in youth settings

Transforming Conflict organises a 5-day course entitled 'Restorative Approaches in Youth Settings: A constructive approach to conflict, bullying, disruption and challenging behaviour' in Reading (UK) on 13-17 June 2016. The focus will be on restorative practices in educational and youth settings, but also people working in adult settings may benefit from the course. More information here.

Conference on RJ and Therapeutic Justice

The European Conference 'Restorative and Therapeutic Justice: Towards Innovative models of Justice' will be held in San Sebastian (Spain) on 16-18 June 2016. The Congress is organised by  GEMME (European Magistrates for Restorative Justice) and IVAC (Basque Institute of Victimology). Find here the programme in English.

Mediation retreat in Tuscany
Mediation Retreat will take place in Tuscany (Italy) on 18-25 June 2016. The theme of this year is 'Shifting the Focus from Mediating the Problem to Mediating the Moment'. This event is suitable for experienced and novice mediators as well as people working in general areas of conflict and peace building. More information here.
Capacity building workshops on migration in Serbia

The International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISHHR) is organising capacity building workshops and an international conference on migration between 3-6 October 2016 in Novi Sad (Serbia). The title is 'Mental health, mass people displacement and ethnic minorities'. Among the themes of the workshops and conference there may be room for RJ to be presented: the call for abstracts closes on 15 April. More information here.

  Virtual and real encounters with young refugees

The NGO 'Sharing Perspectives' is organising a programme on virtual and face-to-face encounters between young European students and young refugees. The programme will bring together  about 250 participants (refugee youth and graduate students) from 10-15 European countries in Spring 2017 for 10 weeks. Youngsters will discuss together issues such as the refugee crisis and European citizenship. The NGO still searches for partnerships with universities and refugee organisations. An alternative way to encourage dialogue and understanding between people (as taught in project ALTERNATIVE).

In & Out encounters

Zinneke is a project in Brussels that creates open spaces for meetings, collaboration, cooperation and creation between different neighborhoods of the city. The theme of the year is 'Fragility', vulnerability. Among other activities, In & Out organises weekly encounters with prisoners and participants living 'in the outside world'. These encounters include workshops of dance and movement and workshops of writing and reflection. In this way, organisers aim at encouraging dialogue between these ‘in & out’ worlds. Find the flyer here.

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