The 11th international conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) entitled "Justice beyond borders: Restorative connections through space and language" takes place in the island of Sardinia. The choice of the location is not coincidental. The Mediterranean sea has always been a place of encounters, exchange, and hospitality, but also of conflict, clashes, and confrontation. The sea, apparently infinite and without borders, enabled human beings to travel towards places where they encountered natural, social and political borders.

It is the liminal metaphors of borders, boundaries, and frontiers that will inspire and challenge us throughout our 3-day event. Our main focus is understanding together the way in which restorative approaches can contribute towards undoing suffering and injustices that are experienced by people because of physical, economic, cultural, political and social borders. Only by getting closer to limits, can we re-examine identities, transcend constructed barriers and discover new ways to embrace diversity and live together at peace.

Also, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the EFRJ. Restorative justice itself has come of age and it is part of a larger eco-system. In the light of modern global challenges, we want to understand also the way in which the restorative justice community challenges its own borders, discover new spaces and forms of practice and overcome language and cultural barriers.

Scroll down to know more about this event (including practicalities), or click on the link below to register.

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SPEAKERS

For the EFRJ conference in Sassari, we invited internationally renowned keynote speakers:

  • Dominic Barter – International consultant on Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Practices, Brazil
  • Albert Dzur – Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, USA
  • Wendy Drewery – Co-Director of the PB4L-RP programme at University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Giovanni Grandi – Associate Professor at University of Padua, Italy
  • Marta Buesa Rodríguez – Fundación Fernando Buesa Fundazioa, Basque Country – Spain
  • Fergus McNeill – Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow, Scotland UK
  • Jo Collison Scott – Reader in Music at the University of the West of Scotland, UK
  • Marie Keenan – Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Ailbhe Griffith - Restorative Justice Advocate. 

Themes of the 12 parallel workshop sessions:

PROGRAMME

In order to plan your trip accordingly, please find below a draft agenda of the 3 day conference (incl. Annual General Meeting of the EFRJ membership). As usual, the EFRJ conference includes plenary sessions and about 10 parallel workshop sessions, as well as social moments and local field trips. A more detailed programme will be published in April 2020.

Tue 23/6 Wed 24/6 Thu 25/6 Fri 26/6 Sat 27/6
9.30-18.00 Preconference training*

9.30-13.00 Preconference training*

15.00-17.00 KINTSUGI seminar**

18.00-20.00 AGM

20.00-21.00 Reception

9.00-17.00 Conference

 

 

 

18.30-20.00 Reception & RJ award ceremony

9.00-17.00 Conference

 

 

 

20.00-23.00 Social dinner

9.00-14.00 Conference

 

14-18 Field trips***

*The focus of this 1,5 day training is on methods to support restorative justice practitioners in engaging into dialogue with children and other groups, for a justice beyond language borders. More information here.  An additional fee will be asked to attend this event.

**The partners of the Erasmus+ project KINTSUGI organise a 2 hrs seminar on training and practice models in restorative justice. The seminar is dedicated to the experiences from Ulster University (Northern Ireland), Sponde (Sicily, Italy), Mediante (Wallonia, Belgium) andd on the findings and training models developed by the EFRJ Working Group on Training. The event is free of charge.

***As usual, the programme of the EFRJ conference includes some local field trips planned, most probably in the restorative city of Tempio Pausania, the prison of Nuchis, the juvenile institution in Sassari and in the RJ centre of Nuoro. 
We looked also at some more ambitious field trips, which cannot fit within the schedule of the event (because of the distance) but you may want to organise yourself a trip to these places before or after the conference:

  1. the island of Asinara, reachable by bus and boat in 2,5 hours, hosted for almost 30 years the high security prison where many Mafia members, including the boss Totò Riina, were detained;
  2. the murals in the village of Orgosolo, 2 hours drive from Sassari, drawn as a communication and protest tool in the second half of the 20th century.

We are just sharing some good tips as you may plan to extend your stay in Sardinia! 

REGISTRATION FEES

Registrations open in February 2020. The deadline to register is 25 May 2020 (Early-bird fee: 1 April). The registration fee includes:

  • Participation fee and materials for the 3-day conference (25-27 June)
  • Reception and 2020 European RJ Award ceremony
  • Lunches, coffee breaks during the whole conference
  • Social dinner
  • One local field visit
  • KINTSUGI seminar (24 June)
  EARLY BIRD

until 1 April

AFTER 1 APRIL

until 25 May

ONE DAY FEE

until 25 May

CONFERENCE + TRAINING*
until 25 May

EFRJ member** 220 € 310 € 120 € 370 €
Non-EFRJ member 310 € 400 € 210 € 530 €
EFRJ member- student*** 150 € n.a. n.a. n.a.

*In addition to the EFRJ Conference, participants can register to the training course “Restorative practices beyond borders”. Please note that the training course is reserved only to conference’s participants and it is offered as a full conference package. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis until 25 May (up to maximum 25 participants).

**Organisational members can register up to 5 employees at the reduced fee.

***Students below 27 years old who are members of the EFRJ since 2019 or earlier can benefit of a special fee. First comes, first served- policy applies for maximum 10 students (until 1 April)!

Please note that the registration is complete only once the payment is received. Online payment (e.g. via credit card, PayPal, iDeal, Bancontact) is charged an additional 10 euros; your payment will be processed by the secure online payment provider Mollie. If you wish to pay via bank transfer, please use the bank details below (subject line: Sassari 2020 + Your Full Name) and make the payment within 3 working days after your registration. In case of international payments, please indicate ‘Shared Costs (SHA)’ to distribute the costs.

By the beginning of June, registered participants will be asked to confirm their participation to the side events related to the Conference (e.g. Annual General Meeting, reception and RJ award ceremony, local tours, social dinner).

Cancellation policy: If you cancel your registration to the Conference before 25 April 2020, you will receive a refund of 70% of your registration fee. After this date, reimbursement is no longer possible.

Bank details

European Forum for Restorative Justice
IBAN: BE35 4310 7636 5137
BIC KREDBEBB
KBC Bank, Havenlaan 2, 1080 Brussels

ORGANISERS AND SPONSORS

The EFRJ traditionally co-organises its conferences with its local members. In Italy, we have the chance to work with EFRJ members from the Uniss Team delle Pratiche di Giustizia RiparativaTempio Pausania Città Riparativa and PsicoIus Scuola romana di psicologia giuridica. The core team is composed by Prof. Patrizia Patrizi (EFRJ Board), Ernesto Lodi and Gian Luigi Lepri, and it actively cooperates with several other active EFRJ members in Italy.

Our conference is financially supported by the Justice Programme of the European Commission and we are delighted to get additional financial or in kind support, or bursaries for experts to attend the conference (e.g. UNISS, ERSU, UNINT, Alta Scuola Federico Stella in Milan, University of Macerata).

PRACTICALITIES

Here you find more information about transports, restaurants and list of hotels you may contact to book your stay in Sassari at a special rate during the week of 25-27 June 2020; the special rates are valid also for other days in case you wish to extend your stay.

You may travel to the island of Sardinia by plane or boat and use buses and trains for the rest of the trip. In order to be more environmentally friendly, some EFRJ members are planning their trip via land (with trains, buses) and sea (via ferry) from different parts of Europe.

Sassari offers a variety of different accommodation options (see www.booking.com, www.airbnb.com). Here you find a list of hotels, as proposed by our local organising team. The EFRJ team will be staying in the Hotel Vittorio Emanuele (address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 100/102), which is located about 800 mt from the conservatory (about 12 minutes’ walk).