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 CoE, ratifying the CoE Recommendation in 2018 dedicated to the role of restorative justice in criminal matters, the restorative justice field has rapidly advanced also in its practices. Indeed, the areas of application of restorative justice within the criminal justice system has expanded (whenever national legislation allows it) to the different stages of criminal procedures as well as to the most complex and serious crimes, such as gender-based violence, child abuse and violent extremism. Despite the policy developments and innovative practices supported by evidence-based research, restorative justice remains under-used for different reasons impacting access to these services, such as lack of awareness and cooperation with potential referring bodies (e.g. police, victim support services, judicial authorities) and lack of well-funded high quality restorative justice services in all countries.

Registrations are open until 1 June 2023, but can be closed earlier in case the maximum number of participants is reached.

Early bird registration is offered until 31 March 2023.

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This international seminar aims at creating a bridge between policies and practices in the field of restorative justice. The focus is twofold:

  • Understanding how policy work which is directly related to restorative justice (European Union, Council of Europe) can support practices, institutionally and concretely;
  • Mapping other emerging policy areas, beyond those directly related to restorative justice, that focus on critical areas of application for restorative justice (e.g. gender-based violence; polarisation and hate; racism; links with probation and prison work).

The programme will include plenaries and parallel workshop sessions. Plenaries will provide the “state of the arts” in terms on international legal and policy instruments on restorative justice and the policy work of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (including the European Policy Justice Network established in 2018 and the project Restorative Justice Strategies for Change started in 2019). Parallel workshop sessions will be dedicated to emerging policy areas and specific practices relevant for access to high quality restorative justice services, including sessions from the EFRJ Working Groups and Committees.

Registration Fee

Registrations are open until 1 June 2023, but can be closed earlier in case the maximum number of participants is reached.

Early bird registration is offered until 31 March 2023.

 

Participation fees
 EFRJ MemberNon-Member
Early bird – until 31 March 2023190 €280 €
Full fee240 €330 €
Student (under 27 years, EFRJ member)100 €-

Waiver

EFRJ members who find difficult to pay the full fee can submit an application for a (partial) waiver of the fee. Please submit your application below until 15 March 2023.

Venue

The seminar will take place in the Civican Cultural Center in Pamplona (Av. de Pío XII, 2, 31008 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain)