The 12th seminar of the European Forum for Restorative Justice will take place in Pamplona (Navarra, Spain) on 22-23 June 2023 hosted by the Justice Department of the region Navarra.
In the past 10 years, several international legal and policy instruments have been published to support the use of restorative justice in criminal justice matters. Starting from the adoption of the EU Victims Directive in 2012, the first binding EU legislation defining and informing about high quality restorative justice services supporting and protecting victims of crime, until the Council of Europe Venice Declaration in 2021, unanimously adopted by the Ministries of Justice of the Council of Europe, ratifying the Council of Europe Recommendation in 2018 dedicated to the role of restorative justice in criminal matters, the restorative justice field has rapidly advanced also in its practices.
"Restorative justice matters because respect for human dignity matters, solidarity within diverse societies matter, justice matters and truth matters." - Watch Tim Chapman (Chair of our Board) outlining the significance of restorative justice for our societies today in the first part of our short video series.
Restorative Justice is an approach of addressing harm or the risk of harm through engaging all those affected in coming to a common understanding and agreement on how the harm or wrongdoing can be repaired and justice achieved.
The European Forum for Restorative Justice aims to help establish and develop victim-offender mediation and other restorative justice practices. Every person in Europe should have the right of access to restorative justice services, at any time and in any case.
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