Tirana 14-16/06/2018

10th international EFRJ Conference (Tirana 2018)

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The EFRJ is happy to invite you to the 10th edition of its biennial international conference

Expanding the restorative imagination
Restorative justice between realities and visions in Europe and beyond

Tirana, Albania 14-16 June 2018

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The conference will be hosted by the Albanian Foundation for Conflict Resolution, one of the oldest members of the EFRJ. It will take place in the historical Tirana International Hotel & Conference Centre, located at the heart of the city.

Please dessiminate the poster of the EFRJ Conference 2018!

Call for paper proposals: we received more than 80 proposals by 1 November. Our scientific committee is currently reviewing them all. The new deadline is 7 January 2018: we welcome more practice-oriented presentations and training sessions (but everyone is welcomed to apply)! More info below.

Pre-conference Training Course on RJ & Serious crime (Tirana 12-13 June 2018): more info here!

Registrations are now open: more info here!


Restorative justice remains today the most concrete vision of challenging current penal developments and offering alternatives to the repressive and exclusionary approaches used in addressing current societal challenges. This vision is manifested in a desire to reform both penal and social systems in their inner structures, in favor of practices that are more adequate to the ideals and principles of modern democracies and to human rights.

To live up to this vision and address current penal and social challenges, the restorative movement has to constantly reimagine itself, and the EFRJ conference intends to be the international forum for doing that. In 2018 Europe will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movements and therefore we would like to honor that important heritage in this conference.

The conference will explore at depth the realities and visions of restorative justice in the European penal and social landscapes, through three core themes: 1. Restorative intersections with the criminal justice system; 2.Restorative juvenile justice realities and visions; 3. Reimagining restorative justice as a social movement

1. Restorative Intersections with the Criminal Justice Systems

● The influence of restorative justice on penal sanctions and decisions
● Restorative justice between diversion and parallel systems of “dual track”
● Restorative justice at different stages of criminal proceedings
● Applying restorative justice to a diversity of offences
● Differences in stages of restorative justice development and implementation in the European landscape
● Diversity of models and practices of restorative justice in Europe
● Training and cooperation of judicial stakeholders
● Restorative rights and safeguards for victims and offenders

2. Restorative Juvenile Justice Realities and Visions

● Doing restorative justice with child victims and offenders
● Diversity of models and practices of (restorative) juvenile justice in Europe
● Differences in stages of (restorative) juvenile justice development and implementation in the European landscape
● Developing child-oriented innovative restorative practices
● Children’s rights, needs, obligations, and safeguards in restorative justice
● Training and cooperation of judicial stakeholders
● Restorative justice’s role in preventing youth crime
● The contribution of restorative justice to divert young people from the criminal justice system
● The role of families and other stakeholders in juvenile restorative justice cases

3. Reimagining Restorative Justice as a Social Movement

● The relation of restorative justice with other social movements (such as abolitionism, decarceration movement, feminist movement, civil rights movement, anti-racism, children’s rights, indigenous rights movement, etc.)
● The role of restorative justice to address migration-related challenges
● Restorative interventions to radicalisation, terrorism and their repercussions (such as rise of populism, societal polarisations, etc.)
● The use of restorative justice to address social harm, state crime, corporate crimes, etc.
● Towards restorative cities and municipalities, and bottom up urban initiatives
● Reflections on the past, present and future restorative realities, visions, utopias, agendas
● Standards and values of restorative justice in Europe
● Restorative justice, social mediation, and intercultural dialogue


Fania Davis – USA           Vincenzo Ruggiero – UK           David O’Mahony – UK
Jonathan Doak – UK           Claudia Mazzucato – Italy           Tali Gal – Israel

Read more here!


In order to plan your trip accordingly, please find below a draft agenda of the week (incl. 1.5-day training Course, evening Annual General Meeting and 3-day Conference). As usual, the Conference will include plenary sessions and about 10 parallel workshop sessions. A more detailed agenda will be available in March.


12 June

13 June 14 June 15 June

16 June

13-18 Course

9-17 Course

18-20 AGM

9-17 Conference

18-20 Reception        & RJ Award

9-17 Conference

19-22 Dinner

9-14 Conference

14-17 Field trips


It is an established tradition of the EFRJ to be inclusive and invite in its conferences practitioners, researchers, scholars, legal professionals, social workers, artists, policy makers and activists to submit proposals for presenting during the parallel workshop sessions.

Papers that propose common projects or ideas, comparative frameworks, or organised panels are especially welcomed. Likewise, alternative formats besides the paper style, are very welcomed, such as debates, audiovisual sessions, the use of arts, circles, or training sessions etc. Sessions with 1 presenter will last 50 minutes, and interactive sessions with more presenters (or panel, film, and training sessions) will last 80 minutes. In every session, at least 30 minutes has to be allocated to discussion.

We encourage participants to choose one of the following types of presentations:

• Paper presentation – 50 minutes (including 30 minutes discussion)
• Panel discussion – 80 minutes (including 2-3 presentations and 30 minutes discussion)
• Testimonies or personal experiences of RJ – 50 minutes (including 30 minutes discussion)
• Training session – 80 minutes
• Dialogue session – 80 minutes
• Movie/documentary and discussion – 80 minutes
• Poster presentation (to be shown in the main hall where registrations and coffee breaks take place)

Proposal must be accompanied by:

• Title of the presentation/workshop
• Type of presentation: paper, training, panel, dialogue, movie/documentary, poster
• Theme: Criminal Justice/ Juvenile Justice/ Social Movement
• Abstract of the paper presentation/detailed description of the workshop (250 words)
• Biography of the presenter(s) (50 words)
• Keywords that describe your presentation/workshop

Abstracts must be submitted in a Word document by 1 November 2017 7 January 2018 (postponed deadline!) using this link (in case two or more presenters will submit the same proposal, please make sure all names are mentioned in the Word document). All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by our scientific committee. Applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their proposal about one month after the deadline. Please note that all presenters must be registered at the conference (registrations will open soon) and all abstracts must be submitted in English, the official language of the conference.


The Albanian Foundation for Conflict Resolution (AFCR) is a professional NGO organization focused on promotion, development and implementation of the ADR/Mediation in Albania. The main areas of activity include lobbing and advocacy for improvement of the legal framework for mediation; development of restorative justice particularly for juveniles; conflict transformation and restorative dialogue in schools; capacity building and provision of mediation services in civil, family and criminal matters.


Tirana-International-HotelThe EFRJ conference 2018 will take place in the historical Tirana International Hotel & Conference Centre, located at the heart of Tirana, facing the famous Scanderbeg Square, which was recently redesigned by the 51N4E Architecture Office. The Square is surrounded by the National Historical Museum, Opera House, Art Gallery, and the main institutions of Albania such as the Parliament, the National Bank, the Tirana Municipality, and the different Ministries. Tirana International is an important part of Albanian history, and one of the main symbols of its capital, Tirana. Called also Hotel Tirana, or “the 15 Floors”, it was originally built in 1979 and renovated in 2015 according to international standards while respecting and leaving untouched its historical heritage.

tirana-4bTirana itself is one of the most lively and colourful cities in the Balkans, embedded in a rich and complex tradition, culture, and history. It offers the most amazing food, architecture, bars and cafes, bazaars, museums, and simply the most vibrant urban life. There is always something happening in Tirana, and there is strictly speaking even no proper Albanian word for boredom.



The deadline to register to the EFRJ Conference 2018 is 15 May (Early-bird fee: 1 April). More information and registration form here.


Address of the Conference venue

Hotel Tirana International and Conference Centre
Skanderbeg Square, 8 Tirana Albania


Tirana offers a variety of different accommodation options (see www.booking.com, www.airbnb.com).

The organising team has booked rooms in Hotel Tirana International, the Conference venue, at the price of 79-84 euros (single rooms) and 89-99 euros (double rooms) per night. The price includes breakfast, VAT, City Tax, Wifi, and access to different services (e.g. computers in the business center, parking, swimming pool, fitness center). For any special request or question please send an email to [email protected]

You can book your room by completing this reservation form and send your credit card details through this authorisation form (the credit card details will be a guarantee for your booking). The last day for booking your room at this rate is 23 May 2018: please note that the event will take place during high season and the Hotel has a limited number of rooms to offer (about 140), thus we advise to book it on time. Please find here some more information (e.g. cancellation policy) on the Hotel rules.