erjpn meeting

European Restorative Justice Policy Network

ERJPN launch event (Brussels, 19 November 2018)

To help the better implementation of EU and other international legislation related to restorative justice and for strengthening the quality standards of restorative justice services across Europe, one of our strategic goal is to work more closely with national policy makers.

With this purpose, in 2018, we initiated a new network of policy makers, the European Restorative Justice Policy Network (ERJPN), that brings together representatives of the (mainly justice) ministries dealing with restorative justice in each EU member state (and beyond) in order to share experiences, to create links and a forum of discussion.

A further purpose of this network is to make European policy makers aware of new research outcomes, innovative practices and international policy matters regarding restorative justice.

For us it is an opportunity to create a more close link with policy makers, to learn more about the needs in their countries in the development of policy and legislation on restorative justice and, consequently, to target its support in a more effective way. The ERJPN meets at least once a year and the European Forum for Restorative Justice facilitates regular contacts within the network. The participation at this network is by invitation only.

Between 2018 and 2023, representatives of 31 countries/jurisdictions replied positively to our invitation to join the ERJPN, welcoming the creation of this policy network: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany (and Schleswig Holstein), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (Catalonia, Navarra and Basque Country), Sweden and UK (England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). 

The ERJPN is an informal network of police makers of Europe interested in exchanging information and discussions on restorative justice. Joining this network would not imply any expenses or obligations regarding membership in the EFRJ.

If you want to know more, please contact our colleague Laura Hein.