In the past years, about 100 members of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ), thus at least 1 out of 4, actively contributed to one of the 4 Committees and 6 Working Groups of the EFRJ. We really appreciate their work, because in this way we receive constant updates from the field, better establish new cooperation, publish and disseminate new materials, and much more. The commitment and enthusiasm for these EFRJ members has a great value in further advancing the field and better promoting access to high quality restorative justice services in Europe, and beyond.

At the end of 2022, the mandates of these 10 groups are ending. The call to join the EFRJ Committees received quite some applications, and we are almost done with defining the final composition of each Committee. In the meantime, members were also invited to propose topics for new Working Groups.

We decided to continue the work already initiated by these Working Groups, in some cases with a slight change of focus of their work:

  • Working Group on Restorative Cities;
  • Working Group on Polarisation, Hate and Violent Extremism;
  • Working Group on Restorative Schools;
  • Working Group on Environmental Restorative Justice; and
  • Working Group on Gender-Based Violence.

If you wish to join any of these Working Groups, please submit your application by 6 December 2022. In case you are too busy to commit now, no worries: these calls for members will be launched every two years!

Scroll down to read more about each of the 5 Working Group proposals.

Not yet a member?

You can join the EFRJ membership now: the official approval of your membership will happen at the next Annual General Meeting (Pamplona, 21 June 2023) but you can already now benefit of all advantages of being a EFRJ member, including applying for this call!

Application procedure

Deadline: 6 December 2022

Depending on your field of expertise, you can apply before 6 December 2022 to maximum 2 Working Groups (if you are an individual member; if you are an organizational member you can appoint different people with no limits). If you are already part of a Committee, you can apply only to 1 Working Group.

To apply you need to be a member of the EFRJ, either as an individual or as an organisation. Please make sure you have paid your membership fee in 2022. If you have doubts contact our Finance and Administrative Officer.

The webform includes the following questions (if you wish to prepare in advance):

  • Personal details (name, email, job title, organisation, type of membership ind/org)
  • Your choice to join (maximum 2):
    1. Working Groups on Restorative Cities
    2. Working Group on Polarisation, Hate and Violent Extremism
    3. Working Group on Restorative Schools
    4. Working Group on Environmental Restorative Justice
    5. Working Group on Gender-Based Violence
  • Your short biography & motivation – max 200 words each.

You will receive a confirmation of your submission via email. Before the Winter holidays, you will be informed by the EFRJ Secretariat about the status of your application. The official launch of the Working Groups is planned in January 2023, with a kick-off meeting led by the two proposers in cooperation with one representative of the Secretariat and one of the Board.

Read the 5 Working Groups proposals

What are the Committees & Working Groups?

At the Annual General Meeting 2022 (Sassari, 22 June), we published an internal document attempting to respond the frequently asked questions about the aims, responsibilities, establishment and closure of EFRJ Committees and Working Groups. Click here to download the pdf. Keep in mind that this document is not binding, but it is meant to serve as a guideline for transparency and clarity: indeed, we invite members involved in the different Committees and Working Groups to find their best working way within their groups.

Below you find a little summary of this document:


What are the Committees?

What are the Working groups?

Groups of members appointed to work on a longstanding operational activity of the EFRJ, following the main objectives of the EFRJ’s 4 year plan, thus proposed and established by the Board based on the organisations’ priorities.

Groups of members gathering together for 2 years around a specific area of application for restorative justice, identified by at least 2 members (from different countries) as relevant for the field and proposed with written proposal to be approved by the Board.

Composed by 5-12 members (with 2-years mandate, renewable, selected with biography and motivation) plus one Board member and one Secretariat member, proposing a concrete 2-years’ work plan by the 4th meeting (in case of a request to extend the mandate, a new plan is needed).

Individual members can be involved in maximum 2 Committees/ Working Groups; organisational members can delegate different persons without limits. Their Chair and vice-Chair is chosen among and by the Committee/ Working Group members (in the first 4 meetings, this role is taken over by the two proposers).

Submit your application here

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