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 marked 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.

Download here the draft programme (for June 2020) to have an idea about the full event! We cannot promise the same in 2022,  but we will try our best to keep this experience as unique as usual! 

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Sassari 2020 >>> Sassari 2022

The EFRJ Board and Secretariat, in close collaboration with the local organising team from Sassari University, and after consulting its membership through a survey, have decided to postpone the 11th international EFRJ conference to June 2022. We wish to honour the work done until now by the Team delle Pratiche di Giustizia Ristorativa in Sassari University and give you all the opportunity to join this event next year.

This event was first postponed from June 2020 to June 2021read more about the first postponement. The second postponement from June 2021 to June 2022 is still due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainties on health and travel safety for 2021. Our membership was invited to respond to a survey; based on these responses the Board decided to propose alternative (local and/or online) events in 2021.

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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
  • 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 parallel workshop sessions: the call for proposals will open in October 2021! Click here to view the previous call.


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 12 parallel workshop sessions, as well as social moments and local field trips. 

Tue 21/6 Wed 22/6 Thu 23/6 Fri 24/6 Sat 25/6
9.30-18.00 Preconference training*

9.30-13.00 Preconference training*

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.

**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. This is subject to change, depending on the covid-19 measures in June 2022.
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! 


Registrations open in February 2022. The deadline to register is 25 May 2022 (Early-bird fee: 1 April). The registration fee includes:

  • Participation fee and materials for the 3-day conference 
  • Reception and 2020 European RJ Award ceremony
  • Lunches, coffee breaks during the whole conference
  • Social dinner
  • One local field visit

until 1 April


until 25 May


until 25 May

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 2020 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) 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 2021 + 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 European Restorative Justice Award ceremony, local tours, social dinner).

Cancellation policy: If you cancel your registration to the Conference before 25 April 2022, you will receive a refund of 70% of your registration fee. After this date, reimbursement is no longer possible. This cancellation policy includes possible travel bans to Italy due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, with the only exception that the deadline for cancellation is postponed to 7 June 2022 for those participants who can submit official documents proving that their cancellation is due to a travel ban. The EFRJ is not responsible for other costs due to a possible travel ban: we advise that you ensure that your travel bookings, such as flights and accommodation, include cancellation policies. The current policy of the EFRJ is to continue with the conference, but if the EFRJ will be obliged to cancel the full event due to circumstances out of our control (i.e. due to bans from Sardinia, Italy or EC), you will receive a 100% refund of the registration fee.  


Bank details

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


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).


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 for example, 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 meters from the conservatory (about 12 minutes’ walk).