Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman

Chair

Tim (Northern Ireland) has been a Board Member since 2012 and Chair of the Board since 2016. His primary responsibility within the Board is the Forum 15 project, which aims to transform the EFRJ and its relationship to its members and to the field of restorative practice throughout Europe. Tim is an independent researcher and trainer in restorative justice. Through 10 years working at the University of Ulster teaching on the Masters programme in restorative practices, he has contributed to the development of restorative conferencing in both the voluntary and statutory sectors in Northern Ireland. Previously he spent 25 years working in the probation service and played an active part in developing effective practice in the UK particularly through the publication of ‘Evidence Based Practice’, written jointly with Michael Hough and published by the Home Office. His ‘Time to Grow’ model for the supervision of young people has influenced youth justice practices. He has published widely on restorative justice and effective practice. He  has conducted significant research into restorative justice in Northern Ireland including the project ‘ALTERNATIVE’. He is currently engaged in work on the victims’ experiences of restorative justice, the conceptual basis of restorative practices, and restorative approaches to violent extremism. info@timchapman.eu 

Annemieke Wolthuis

Annemieke Wolthuis

Vice-Chair

Annemieke (The Netherlands) is member of the EFRJ Board since 2010, currently in the role of Vice-Chair (Executive Committee). She is also the Board Member responsible for the Criminal Justice Platform Europe.  Annemieke is an independent researcher, trainer and mediator in the field of human rights, children’s rights and restorative justice. She is working mainly for Restorative Justice Nederland and the Youth Law Mediators  service, she found in 2019 with a colleague of hers. Previously she worked as senior researcher at the Verwey-Jonker Institute, the Open University, Leiden University and at Defence for Children International. She also contributed to several EU-funded projects, including ‘Accessibility and Initiation of Restorative Justice‘ and ‘Restorative Justice in cases of Domestic Violence‘. She holds a Law degree from Maastricht University and a PhD in restorative justice and children’s rights. For many years she is in the editorial board of the Flemish/Dutch journal of restorative justice.  info@annemiekewolthuis.nl

Brunilda Pali © KU Leuven/Rob Stevens

Brunilda Pali

Secretary

Brunilda (Albania/Belgium) has been a Board Member and Secretary of the EFRJ Board since 2017. She is currently a Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) funded postdoctoral researcher at the working on the project ‘Restorative utopias in dystopian times: The shaping of restorative justice in the European penal systems and policies’. Together with Ivo Aertsen she has co-edited Critical Restorative Justice (Hart Publishing, 2017) and Restoring Justice and Security in Intercultural Europe (Routledge, 2018). She worked on several EU-funded projects such as ‘ALTERNATIVE’ and ‘Family mediation in cases of international child abduction’. She has been working for two years in the EFRJ on the project ‘Building social support for restorative justice’, which investigated ways to work with the media, civil society and citizens in the area of restorative justice. Brunilda has studied Psychology at the University of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest and Cultural Studies at Bilgi University in Istanbul. Her areas of interest are gender, critical social theory, social justice, restorative justice, cultural and critical criminology, and arts. Blog: Restorotopias  /  brunilda.pali@kuleuven.be
photo: © KU Leuven/Rob Stevens

Bart Claes

Bart Claes

Treasurer

Bart (Belgium) is a EFRJ Board member and Treasurer (Executive Committee) since 2016. He works as a professor social work and security at the Avans University of Applied Studies (The Netherlands). In 2012, he obtained a PhD in criminology at the University of Brussels. For his doctoral research he did an ethnographic research on restorative justice practices in a Belgian maximum security prison. He worked as a victim-offender mediator at the Flemish organisation Moderator (Forum for restorative justice and mediation) and as a postdoctoral researcher on Social Work at the Erasmus University College Brussels. He is a EFRJ Board member since 2008. In 2015 he joined the Centre for Criminological Research, School of Law at the University of Sheffield on a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. This European research project focused on the relation between desistance from crime and restorative justice practices in prisons in Belgium and England and Wales. b.claes@avans.nl

Lars Otto Justad

Lars Otto Justad

Training & Events

Lars (Norway) is a member of the EFRJ Board since 2016, responsible for the organisation of trainings, summer schools and conferences. Lars is an advisor for the national mediation service Konfliktrådet in Norway.  He has a background from social Psychology and Sociology, with a master degree in Peace and Conflict studies. He is a practitioner and a trainer of restorative practices. Lars.Otto.Justad@konfliktraadet.no

Patrizia Patrizi

Patrizia Patrizi

Training

Patrizia Patrizi (Sardinia, Italy) is member of the Board since June 2017, she is in charge of the Working group on Restorative Cities and co-organiser of our 11th international conference in Sassari.  She is psychologist and psychotherapist, full professor of Psychology and Law, and Restorative Justice Practices at the University of Sassari. She was an expert counsellor for the Italian juvenile justice system, and she is an expert trainer for professionals working in the Italian penitentiary system, social services, NGO. In 2014, together with her colleagues Gian Luigi Lepri, Ernesto Lodi, Maria Luisa Scarpa, she started the first research action programme on designing a local community intervention based on restorative justice practices in Nuchis-Tempio Pausania. She collaborates with a team of restorative justice  practitioners on a permanent basis in Italy, and they developed a model of restorative community named ‘Co.Re – community of restorative relationship’. In 2017 she established the Restorative Service of Psychological Counseling in the District of Tempio Pausania.
More info: www.psicoius.it / patrizi@uniss.it

Katerina Soulou

Katerina Soulou

Editorial Committee

Katerina (Greece) is a Board member since 2018 and responsible for the work of the Editorial Committee  within the EFRJ.  She is a PhD candidate at Aix-Marseille University (France) working on restorative justice from a legal perspective (she presented her topic in the competition “Ma Thèse en 180 sec”). She has studied Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and she holds a Master degree on Criminal Sciences from the Aix-Marseille University. She is a teaching assistant at the Law faculty of the Institute d’Études Francophones (Id’EF) in Athens, in partnership with the University Paris 13. Since 2019 she collaborates with the French Federation “Citoyen et Justice” as a trainer on restorative justice. During 2017-2018 she was a Board member of the French Association “Genepi” that works on prison issues and she was giving workshops on Theater in the Prison of Marseille. In 2018 she was awarded a scholarship for a study visit in LaSalle University (Canoas) from the French Ambassador in Brazil. aikaterinasoulou@gmail.com

Maia Chochua

Maia Chochua

New Board Member

Maia (Georgia) is a lawyer and a master of public administration, with over 20 years of experience in planning, coordinating and managing USA and EU-funded justice sector programs in Georgia and in the neighbouring countries. She is at the forefront of introducing and promoting restorative justice approaches in Georgia, and played a key role in tabling down and enforcement of the Juvenile Justice Code. Together with like-minded professionals, she pioneered multidisciplinary cooperation, carried out trainings for
practitioners and organised international conferences and study visits on restorative justice. She acted as an executive editor of the first handbook on restorative justice published in Georgia for university and professional teaching. At Present, she holds the position of Deputy Team Leader of the EU4Justice Project in Georgia, implemented by Austrian company Human Dynamics, aimed at providing a fair trial to all and promoting liberal criminal justice policies. She is a founder of a non-profit organisation “New Page”, supporting restorative justice programmes for children in Georgia.  maia.chochua@eu4justice.ge

Petra Masopust Šachová

Petra Masopust Šachová

New Board Member

Petra (the Czech Republic) is a lawyer, academic and researcher who strives for the broad involvement of restorative justice in the Czech criminal law, both at the theoretical level and in practice. She co-funded and recently works as a chairperson of the Czech Institute for Restorative Justice and as a lecturer at the Department of Criminal Law of the Law Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc, where she introduced the first restorative justice course for law students in the country. She also acts as a coordinator of the Czech Core Member team of Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change project and as a professional guarantor of the Building Bridges programme run by Prison Fellowship, Czech Republic. She is the author of the first Czech comprehensive book on RJ: Restorative approches when dealing with crime. Petra holds a master‘s degree from the Law Faculty, Charles University in Prague and Ph.D. from the Law Faculty, Masaryk University in Brno. Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RestorativniJustice / petra.masopustsachova@restorativni-justice.cz

Thanks to our former Board members!

  • Ivo Aertsen, KU Leuven Institute of Criminology, Founder of the organisation
  • Beata Czarnecka-Dzialuk, researcher, Poland (2012-2016)
  • Bruno Caldeira, Associação de Mediadores de Conflitos, Portugal (2012-2016)
  • Siri Kemeny, from Norway
  • Niall Kearney, from the United Kingdom 
  • Karolien Mariën, Advisor for European projects at the Research and Development service of KU Leuven, Belgium (2014-2016)
  • Vicky De Souter, Federal Public Service Justice in Brussels, Belgium (2012-2017)
  • Michael Kilchling, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany (2006-2018)
  • Aarne Kinnunen, from Finland (2008 - 2020) 
  • Roberto Moreno, From Basque Country, Spain (2014 - 2020)