On the occasion of the international RJ Week, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the KU Leuven is organising a public talk by Brandon Hamber from Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, entitled: “Victims and Transitional Justice: Progress or More of the Same?“. Brandon Hamber will explore the complex relationships between recovery from political violence and the psychological processes that accompany widespread social change, drawing on experiences in South Africa and Northern Ireland. Read below the full abstract and biography.
This initiative is organised together with our individual member Peter Vermeersch, professor of politics
at the Leuven International and European Studies (LINES), at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Parkstraat 45, Leuven, room 00.113) on 19 November 2018, from 12am to 1pm. Free and open to the public, no registration required. For more info write Peter Vermeersch.
Nearly a decade ago I wrote, reflecting on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, that a rights-based approach to the needs of victims remains underdeveloped morally, ethically, legally and, more critically, in practice, in the transitional justice field. This talk will consider if in fact we have advanced the issue of victim rights in the transitional justice field. The talk will explore the complex relationships between recovery from political violence and the psychological processes that accompany widespread social change, showing how these can be integrated to strengthen and serve a restorative function for both individuals and society. The talk will draw on experience in South Africa and Northern Ireland, and other comparative examples, to examine the social, cultural, and identity issues involved in meeting the needs of victims.
Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). He is also a member of the Transitional Justice Institute at the university, and is a Visiting Professor of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, Colombia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others. He has published some 30 journal articles, over 25 book chapters and 4 books. In 2010-2013 he was a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has been awarded The Paul Harris medal for contributions to peace by Rotary (2013), and was listed as one of the Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction by the Action on Armed Violence Network (2013/2014). Professor Hamber is a board member of Healing Through Remembering (Northern Ireland) and Impunity Watch (Netherlands). He is on the Society Advisory Group of the British Council.
Conference on RJ & child victims Brussels 07/12/2018
The final conference of the project “Implementing RJ with Child Victims“, coordinated by the IJJO- International Juvenile Justice Observatory, in which the EFRJ is a partner, will be in Brussels on 7 December 2018. The event is free of charge but registration is compulsory as limited seats are available. The deadline to register to this conference is 23 November 2018.
Cancellation: if you cannot attend the conference, we appreciate you to take the time to inform us, so that we can better organise the event. Please write Emanuela Biffi to cancel or update your registration, in case you wish one of your colleagues to take your seat in this event.
Visa: Belgium is part of the Schengen Area comprising 26 European countries. If necessary, please apply in due time for a visa and note that visa application takes 30-60 days. On request, the IJJO Secretariat will issue invitation letters for visa applications, but only after proving working in the field.
European Day for Victims of Crime
22 February marks European Day for Victims of Crime. In recognition of this day, the EFRJ launches a short report based on a survey conducted in 2017, as part of many other activities initiated in the past years to further implement the European Victims’ Directive.
The focus of the survey was to map the breakthroughs, the opportunities, the challenges, and the future directions, ideas and suggestions of the regulation of RJ in the Victims’ Directive, according to the RJ services and practitioners.
The project has been developed within the context of the implementation of the EU Victims’ Directive. The focus is on Art. 12, which identifies the minimum standards and safeguard measures to protect victims of crime who wish to engage in a RJ process, and the application for this article for a specific vulnerable group: child victims.
As part of this project, the EFRJ co-organised a training on the use of RJ for child victims (Leuven 8-9 November 2017) and will take part in the final conference (Brussels 7 December 2018). Relevant materials, such as the presentations, can be downloaded on the links of these events.
The EFRJ researcher working on this project is Inge Vanfraechem. Also two of our Board members are involved as researchers for their own institutes, i.e. our chair Tim Chapman on behalf of Ulster University and our secretary Brunilda Pali on behalf of KU Leuven.
More info on this project can be found on the IJJO website. Please contact us in case you need more information.
This project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.
Training on RJ & Child Victims
The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), in partnership with KU Leuven and the EFRJ organized a training session on Restorative Justice, with a special attention on child victims, on 8-9 November 2017 in Leuven (Belgium). More info here.
Please click on the links below to download the presentations of the different experts that contributed to this training:
The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), in partnership with KU Leuven and the EFRJ will organize a training session on Restorative Justice, with a special attention on child victims, on 8-9 November 2017 in Leuven (Belgium).
The training is free of charge for participants: it will bring together invited guests from each organisation partner in this project and some seats will be reserved to participants who will register using the form below
Registrations are possible on a ‘first come-first served’ basis. Still, in order to ensure variety within the group (in terms of country, type of organisation, professional background), please note that in the registration form you will be asked to give a brief description of your personal experience and motivation to attend the training (200 words max). Your registration will be confirmed within two days after the registration. Registrations will open on 1 October.
Flyer of the project on victims of road traffic offences
The project coordinator Rondpunt created a webpage and informative flyer of the EU project ‘Victims of road traffic offences‘. The EFRJ is a partner in this project together with Moderator (Flemish RJ service), FEVR (European Federation of Road Traffic Victims), KU Leuven and Victim Support Europe.
The first meeting between these partners took place one month ago in Leuven.
Rondpunt project on victims of traffic accidents
Today 10 March in Leuven, the EFRJ (represented by Emanuela Biffi) attended the first meeting with the partners in the project ‘Victims of road traffic offences‘ coordinated by Rondpunt (Flemish service supporting victims of road traffic accidents). The EFRJ is a partner together with Moderator (Flemish RJ service), European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR), KU Leuven and Victim Support Europe.
REGINA HERNANDEZ, European Judicial Training team, european Commission
LEVENT ALTAN, Executive Director Victim Support Europe ROBERTO MORENO, Head of Adults Justice Service at the Ministry of Labour and Justice of the Basque Government GERDJAN HOEKENDIJK, Chair of the European Network on Victims’ Rights and head Victim policy at the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice BRUNILDA PALI, Researcher at KU Leuven Institute of Criminology – EFRJ CHRISTOPHE DE MUYLDER, Spokesperson of a Belgian collective of families of murdered children
GUSTAVO DUARTE (Victim support service APAV, Portugal) – on Training of professionals BENJAMIN SAYOUS (French Institute for Restorative Justice IFJR) – on Building cooperation between sectors via training on restorative justice NIKICA HAMER VIDMAR (Ministry of Justice Croatia, Independent Service for Victims and Witness Support) – on State of implementation of the Victims Directive in Croatia ISABELLE VANDERHOEVEN (Department of Justice Houses, Flemish Government, Belgium) – on Judicial victim support ESTHER KLAASSEN (Gevangenenzorg Netherlands) – on the European project ‘Building Bridges’ RADIM BURES (vice-president of the Probation and Mediations Service of the Czech Republic) – on the Project ‘Why me? II’ MALIN ISAKSSON & STINA SJöDIN (HR expert & senior advisor at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service) – No offence while in prison JANNEKE DE VISSER (Dutch Probation Service) – on Training probation workers to increase victim awareness among offenders
Many thanks for your participation and all your contributions from the CJPE team!
Expert seminar on the Victims Directive Brussels 23/02/2017
The Criminal Justice Platform Europe (CJPE) is organising an expert seminar on the implementation of the Victims’ Directive on 23 February 2017 in Brussels (10-16 hr). The focus will be on Art. 25 and 26, respectively on training of professionals and lay people and cooperation between services in order to provide better support and protection to victims of crime across Europe.
Address: KU Leuven Campus Brussel, Auditorium 6303, building Hermes 3, Warmoesberg 26 in Brussel
The seminar will include plenary speeches in the morning (by representatives of the European Commission, Victim Support Europe, the EFRJ, Europris and the Confederation of European Probation) and thematic workshops in the afternoon. The seminar is open to about 40 experts coming from the field of training, probation, prison, restorative justice, victim support, policy-making.
The common theme, bringing together the Victims’ Directive and the interests of different organisations working in the criminal justice field, is ‘Training of professionals and cooperation in the framework of Art 25 and 26 of the Victims’ Directive‘. The seminar will encourage experts to discuss how to develop victim awareness within their services and better collaboration between services.