9th International Conference of the EFRJ (Leiden)

The EFRJ is happy to invite you to the 9th edition of its biennial international conference

‘Realising Restorative Justice: Human Rights and Personal Realities’
(Leiden, 22-24 June 2016)

The conference will be hosted by the Law School of Leiden University, not so far from the city of The Hague where many international courts and human rights institutes are based. Themes will include children’s rights, victims’ and offenders’ rights, the refugee crisis and radicalization, focusing on how restorative justice may positively contribute to these issues. Feel free to disseminate the flyer of this conference!



Human rights and restorative justice values and principles are closely linked. Interconnections are obvious in regard to the rights to dignity, respect and protection, the rights to recognition, inclusion and participation, the rights to freedom of speech, security and justice and the rights to personal growth and empowerment. One further important aspect is the question whether restorative justice should be promoted as a genuine civil, or human, right. Many international and European human rights instruments mention the importance of the use of restorative justice approaches in reaction to criminal offences (e.g. the European Convention on Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Additionally, restorative justice might take a more proactive role in addressing current human rights challenges, for example by contributing to the protection and empowerment of vulnerable groups, ensuring justice and security and encouraging a social dialogue around the current refugee issue, counteracting radicalization and extreme violence with alternative solutions, and even by using the arts and social media to share knowledge and promote diversity in our (digital and non-digital) world.

1. Human rights and restorative justice
2. Dignity and equality – RJ and vulnerable groups
3. Liberty and access to justice – RJ and detention
4. Freedom of movement and protection from persecution – RJ and the refugees
5. Security, justice and prohibition of discrimination – RJ and radicalisation
6. Education, the arts and cultural life – RJ and creativity

Keynote speakers

Bas van Stokkom – Senior researcher at the Faculty of Law of Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
Antony Pemberton – Professor at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) of Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
Simon Green – Senior Lecturer in Community Justice and Criminology University of Hull (UK)
Hendrik Kaptein – Associate professor at the Philosophy of Law department at Leiden University (The Netherlands)
George Pavlich – Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Alberta (Canada)
Dan van Ness- Executive Director of the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International (US)
Reynaldo Adames – Writer and coach (The Netherlands)
Gema Varona – Lecturer in Criminology and Victimology at the University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Kilian Kleinschmidt – Human rights activist and refugee expert (Austria)



Tuesday 21 June

17.00 – Start of conference registrations
18.00-20.00 – Annual General Meeting (incl. Board Elections and Forum 15 results)

Wednesday 22 June

08.30 – Registrations
09.15 – Welcome Session

Welcome and introduction to the theme by the chairpersons EFRJ, Michael Kilchling & Annemieke Wolthuis
Welcome by the Dean of the Leiden Law School, Prof. Rick Lawson
Opening of the conference by the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, Mr. Ard van der Steur
Address by the Justice Director of the Basque Government, Mr. Manuel Valin

10.00 – Plenary Session on ‘Realising restorative justice: beyond legalism and crime control’ (VIEW ABSTRACTS HERE!)

Bas van Stokkom (philosopher, sociologist and senior researcher, Radboud University Nijmegen) and Antony Pemberton (professor at Intervict, Tilburg University): The ‘miraculous’ emergence of penal mediation in the Netherlands, Restorative justice in the context of Dutch pragmatism and populism
Comments by Simon Green (senior lecturer in community justice and criminology, University of Hull)

11.00 – Coffee Break
11.30 – Parallel Workshops
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Parallel Workshops
15.30 – Coffee Break
16.00-17.00 – Parallel Workshops

17.15-18.30 – Reception at City Hall (Burgerzaal)

Opening by the mayor Mr Lenferink
RJ Award ceremony
Introduction of new EFRJ Executive Director Daria Nashat and newly elected board members
Criminal Justice Platform Europe’s contributions

Thursday 23 June

09.00 – Plenary Session on ‘Restorative Justice & Human Rights in the international context’ (VIEW ABSTRACTS HERE!)

Hendrik Kaptein (University of Leiden): No human rights without restorative justice, transcending crime by realizing rightfull original positions for all
George Pavlich (University of Alberta): Restorative Justice and the Rights of the Accused

11.00 – Coffee Break
11.30 – Parallel Workshops
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Plenary Session on ‘Restorative justice and Personal Realities’ (VIEW ABSTRACTS HERE!)

Dan van Ness (executive director, Centre for Justice and Reconciliation, Prison Fellowship International): RJ in prison settings, experiences with the Sycamore Tree Project (victim awareness by teaching RJ principles) in 35 countries around the world
Reynaldo Adames: personal story of an ex-offender
Anneke van Hoek, Gert Jan Slump (Restorative Justice Nederland) and other practitioners: pitches on what is happening with RJ in the prison context: houses of restoration in prisons, victim awareness and victim-offender mediation

15.30 – Coffee Break
16.00-17.30 – Parallel Workshops
19.30 Conference dinner in the Theatre of Leiden (more info below)

Friday 24 June

9.15 – Plenary Session on ‘Current human rights challenges and restorative justice principles’ (VIEW ABSTRACTS HERE!)

Gema Varona (lecturer in criminology and victimology at the University of the Basque Country, Spain): Restorative justice & radicalization: ETA, RJ and Human Rights
Kilian Kleinschmidt (humanitarian & refugee expert, Vienna): Restorative Justice & the current refugee crisis

10.45 – Coffee Break
11.15 – Parallel Workshops
12.45 – Closing ceremony

Final words by Annemieke Wolthuis & Michael Kilchling

13.15 – Lunch
14.30 – Field trips (more info below)

Field trips

An important part of the conference programme are the four parallel field trips organised on the last day of the conference, Friday 24 June (starting from 14.30). Participants will choose one of the following organised field trips when completing the registration form to the conference:

Call for papers

The EFRJ invites practitioners, researchers, legal professionals, policy makers and activists to submit proposals for presenting during the parallel workshop sessions.

The programme is organized around six main themes. Please consider those first when submitting your abstracts. We welcome presentations looking at traditional RJ practices within the criminal justice system but also beyond and including other methods to encourage RJ interventions. Additional presentations on other themes of relevance for RJ based on innovative practices, recent research or currently finished projects and suggestions for further workshop themes (and formats) are also welcomed.

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

  • Paper presentation – 30 minutes, including 10 minutes discussion
  • Testimonies or personal experiences of RJ – 30 minutes, including 10 minutes discussion
  • Training session – 90 minutes
  • Panel discussion – 90 minutes
  • Dialogue session – 90 minutes
  • Movie/documentary and discussion – 90 minutes

Proposal must be accompanied by:

  • Title of the presentation/workshop
  • Type of presentation: paper, training, panel, dialogue, or movie/documentary
  • 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 26 April 2016 to Emanuela Biffi. Please mention ‘Leiden call for papers + Full Name’ in the subject line of your e-mail. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed. Applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their proposal by 30 April 2016. Please note that all presenters must be registered at the conference (see below) and all abstracts must be submitted in English, the official language of the conference.

There is room also for poster presentations to be shown in the main hall where registrations and coffee breaks take place. Please send your proposal to Emanuela Biffi to reserve your spot!


Kamerlingh Onnes BuildingThe 9th international conference of the EFRJ will be hosted in the ‘Kamerlingh Onnes Building’ (see picture) of the Leiden Law School, one of the largest faculties of Leiden University. More info here (address: Steenschuur 25, Leiden; phone: +31 71 527 7513). The buildings is accessible for wheelchair users.

Find below more information on how to get here.



As usual, EFRJ members are entitled to a special discount for attending our events! If you are not a member yet and you wish to register at the reduced rate, you are invited to join our EFRJ community now! In order to benefit from the reduced registration fee, you must submit the the conference registration form together with the completed membership application form.

Early bird registration until 15 April 2016

  • 210 EUR for members
  • 280 EUR for non-members
  • 150 EUR for students*

* This is NEW in 2016! The EFRJ will offer a special discount for maximum 10 students! First comes, first served- policy applies! Students are required to upload the related supporting documents in their registration form(i.e. scanned copy of the student ID card and 300 words motivation letter explaining their student career and interest in this conference). In order to apply for the student fee, you must be a member of the EFRJ: more info here!

Late registration until 31 May 2016

  • 230 EUR for members
  • 300 EUR for non-members

 One-day registration until 31 May 2016

  • 110 EUR for members
  • 150 EUR for non-members

Please mention the exact day of participation in your registration form!

Cancellation policy

If you cancel your registration to the EFRJ conference before 20 May, you will receive a refund of 50% of your registration fee (and dinner, if applicable). After this date, reimbursement is no longer possible.


The EFRJ will grant a limited numbers of waivers for the registration fee to participants for whom it is financially difficult to attend the conference. Requests for waivers must be sent to the secretariat before 15 April 2016 using this online waiver application form. Decisions will be communicated by 30 April 2016; in case of negative response, the early-bird fee applies.

Conference dinner

prentenkabinet_4The dinner of the 9th international conference of the EFRJ will take place on Thursday 23 June at 19.30 at the restaurant Het Prentenkabinet. More info here (address: Kloksteeg 25, Leiden).

The dinner contribution for participants of the EFRJ conference is 50 Euros. Registration is possible until 4 June 2016. The same cancellation policy of the registration fees applies. Dietary requests can be mentioned in the registration form.


Registrations will close on 1 June 2016!

If you want to pay via bank transfer (preferred option), please click on the links below to register:

If you want to pay via an online payment (e.g. credit/debit card), please note that an additional 10 euros fee will be charged for each transaction. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, iDeal and Bancontact/Mr.Cash payments. Your payment will processed by the secure online payment provider Mollie. Click the links below:

Practical info

Travel information

By airplane: Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) is a major hub in international air transportation. Another close airport is in Rotterdam.

By train: Visitors arriving by plane at Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) can take the train to Leiden Central Station. Trains depart regularly (every 10 mins) and the trip takes about 20 minutes. Plan your train trip here.

By taxi: In Leiden, taxis are located in front of the train station. Below, an estimation of the costs of taxis from the airports and within Leiden:

  • Train station Leiden CS – Kamerlingh Onnes Building approximately €15
  • Schiphol Airport – Kamerlingh Onnes Building approximately €90
  • Rotterdam Airport – Kamerlingh Onnes Building approximately €85

By bus: In Leiden, buses stop in front of the train station. You need a bus that travels along the Breestraat. Ask the driver to let you know when you are at the bus stop in the Breestraat. Walk till the end of the Breestraat and turn right into the the Steenschuur.You will find the law faculty on number. You could take:

  • Bus number 2 (direction Leiderdorp Oranjewijk)
  • Bus number 4 (direction Zuid West)
  • Bus number 45 (direction Den Haag)
  • Bus number 182 (direction Alphen aan den Rijn)
  • Bus number 187 (direction Gouda)
  • Bus number 400 (direction Zoetermeer)

By foot: From Leiden Central Station, take the main exit towards the Centre. Cross the station square and keep to the right side of the road. Take the Stationsweg and then the Steenstraat and continue across the Blauwpoort bridge. On leaving the bridge, turn right and take the Prinsessekade, which will continue into the Korte Rapenburg. Cross the street and you are on the Rapenburg. You will find the the law faculty if you complete the walk if the Rapenburg ends there will begin the Steenschuur and you will see the law faculty on your left hand side.

Address of the conference venue:

Kamerlingh Onnes Building, Law Faculty University of Leiden
Steenschuur 25
2311 GP Leiden
Phone: +31 71 527 7513

Hotel information

The organising team has booked already some rooms in few hotels in Leiden.

  • Hotel IBIS (20 hotel rooms reserved until 21 April)
    €79,00/pp/per night incl breakfast
  • Hotel Minerva (12 rooms reserved until 31 March)
    €83/pp/per night incl breakfast
    €78/pp/per night without breakfast
  • Hotel Mayflower (14 rooms reserved until 21 March)
    €70/pp/per night (+ €7,50 per breakfast)

More hotels in Leiden:


The Netherlands is part of the Schengen Area comprising 26 European countries. For non-Schengen EU, USA and Canadian citizens a valid passport is sufficient to enter the Netherlands. Citizens of other countries should check whether visa is needed for them to enter the Netherlands. For more information please visit the home page of the Government of the Netherlands (click here). Please apply in due time for a visa if necessary and note that visa application takes 30-60 days and personal procedure is necessary.

On request, the secretariat of Leiden University will issue invitation letters for visa applications, but only after registration to this conference is complete. Please note that registration is complete only with the full payment of the conference fee. Please contact Mirko Miceli if you are entitled to an invitation letter. In case the visa is not issued, the same cancellation policy apply for all registered participants (see above).

Touristic information

Museums: Leiden is a spectacular, historic city with many interesting and famous museums. Three of the Netherlands national museums are located in Leiden. These national museums include the National Museum of Antiquities, the National Museum of Ethnology and the Dutch National Museum of the History of Science and Medicine. Other museums in Leiden include the ‘Naturalis’, one of the largest natural history museums in the world, and the municipal museum of ‘De Lakenhal’. Click here!

Botanical Gardens: One of the Europe’s first botanic gardens, now part of the University of Leiden. It is small and beautifully kept. There is also a Japanese garden named after the scientist Von Siebolt who carried out botanical research in Japan during the 19th century. There is also a systematic garden named after the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. The garden is the most beautiful in the spring with huge, very, very old wistarias blooming. The cafe serves a great hot apple drink and has many delicious baked goods. Click here!

Shopping: Leiden has beautiful walkways and great variety of shops side by side to browse through, including retail stores, restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops, souvenir shops, and more. Stores are open throughout the day and the specialty shops in small lanes and alleyways in the historic center create a fun and unique shopping experience. Good, friendly service, attention to quality, and many special offers. Click here!

The Local Market: The Leiden market offers a different kind of shopping: here you will find exotic spices, clothing, vegetables, fruit, fish and flowers. Click here!

Pieterskerk (church): The newly restored Pieterskerk in Leiden is an amazing building with a fascinating history. It is one of the oldest and largest monuments in the town. It serves now as a museum and monument, hosting a number of art treasures and memorials to those buried at the church. The Pieterskerk is a historic meeting place available for all your events, a place that you and your guests will always remember. Click here!

More questions?

Please contact the EFRJ team at info@euforumrj.org.