The Secretariat consists of the executive director, financial & administrative officer, and communications & events & liaison officer. On a project-basis research-coordinators and research assistants are attracted. On a regular basis the Secretariat accepts interns and volunteers. The Secretariat is located in Leuven (see at the bottom) in the building of the KU Leuven Institute of Criminology where the EFRJ was born as part of the Research Line on Restorative Justice and Victimology.

Current Secretariat of the EFRJ


 Edit Törzs   〉   Executive Director

Edit (Hungary) studied law at the ELTE University Budapest, where she later followed the PhD programme in the field of Criminology. She also has a degree in European and French Law from Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris (France). From 2004 she worked for the Hungarian Office of Justice, on the Methodological Department of the Probation Service and from 2006 was responsible for the field of victim-offender mediation. She is a trained mediator and facilitator of restorative conferences and she almost completed a 4-year programme in dance therapy. She joined the EFRJ in January 2012 as a project officer in the project ‘ALTERNATIVE’ on RJ in intercultural settings and since 2016 she is the Executive Director of the EFRJ.
Tel. +32 (0)16 373598 E-mail [email protected]

Emanuela Biffi   〉   Communication & Events Officer

Emanuela (Italy) studied Liberal Arts at the University College Maastricht (The Netherlands) with a focus on social psychology and criminal law and the Master programme in Criminology at KU Leuven (Belgium). She joined the EFRJ team in September 2013, mostly working as a project officer in two EU-funded projects, ‘Accessibility and Initiation of Restorative Justice’ and ‘ALTERNATIVE’ on RJ in intercultural settings. She was also part of the KU Leuven research team in another EU-funded project ‘Implementing Victim Oriented Reforms of the criminal justice system in the EU (IVOR)’. Since 2016 she is the Communication and Events Officer of the EFRJ.
Tel. +32 (0)466 209112 E-mail [email protected]

Rik Defrère   〉   Finance & Administration Officer

Rik Defrère FAO2016 h.jpgRik (Belgium) has a bachelor in accountancy. After a more than 30-year experience in the banking and investments world, he puts his knowledge at the service of non-profit organisations. Since January 2016, he is the responsible for the financial management of the EFRJ, in the role of Finance and Administration Officer.
Tel. +32 (0)466 209112 E-mail [email protected]





Valentina Ivcec 〉 Volunteer

20170506_101250During her studies she was interested mainly in the field of ethics, that is, the virtue of courage and justice and political philosophy and international relations, including the topic of war. In 2015 she was a trainee at the European Parliament. She lives in Leuven in Belgium where she works as a Croatian language teacher and as an English teacher for children. She is also currently studying Dutch language. Valentina started to volunteer for the EFRJ in May 2017 because of her interest in the matters of restorative justice and European Union institutions and organizations. At the moment, she is working on systematization and organization of the collection of EFRJ books and documents.


Martine Rietman 〉 Volunteer

Foto 1Martine (the Netherlands) studied Philosophy at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and the KU Leuven (Belgium), where she focused on social and political philosophy. Later she followed a Master programme in Criminology at the KU Leuven. As part of her studies she did a research internship at the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC). Martine joined the EFRJ in October 2017 because of her interest in the possibilities of RJ practices in various types of offences. She is currently working on a literature study on the efficiency of RJ practices in Europe. She is also responsible for organizing events and training sessions.



Thanks to our former EFRJ staff!

Mirko Miceli, liason officer (2014-2016)
Daria Nashat, 
executive director (2016)
Katrien Lauwaert
researcher of ALTERNATIVE and research-coordinator of Desistance and RJ (2013-2015)
Emilie Van Limbergen,
communication officer of ALTERNATIVE (2014-2015)
Kris Vanspauwen,
executive officer (2013-2015)
Harry Knooren, financial and administrative officer (2015)
Jozefina Gjelaj, financial and administrative officer (2014)
Malini Laxminarayan, research-coordinator of Accessibility and Initiation of RJ (2013-2014)
Monique Anderson, executive officer (2012-2013)
Daniela Bolivar, research coordinator of Victims and RJ (2012)
Inge Vanfraechem, research coordinator of Victims and RJ (2011)
Estelle Zinsstag, research coordinator of Conferencing (2009-2011)
Karolien Mariën, executive officer (2009-2012)
Brunilda Pali, research coordinator of Building social support for RJ (2008-2010)
Jolien Willemsens, executive officer (2000-2009)

Address of the Secretariat of the EFRJ

Hooverplein 10
3000 Leuven
Tel. +32.466.20.91.12