The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) is organising an intensive pre-conference training course in Sassari (Sardinia, Italy) on 21-22 June 2022 on the use of approaches to restorative justice that benefit from the experiences first developed in the gang-controlled favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1990s. The theme for these two days will be: “Principles, Language and Systems in Building and Crossing the Borders of Restorative Practice”.

As usual, our events bring together practitioners, researchers, trainers and other professionals interested in restorative justice from across Europe and beyond to exchange and discuss practices, ideas, challenges, and projects in the field of restorative justice. 

This training course is designed for restorative justice practitioners interested in questioning the political and communication boundaries of restorative encounters and the systemic conditions that host them. Other professionals are also welcomed to attend the course.

The training course will occur just before the 11th international conference of the EFRJ entitled “Justice beyond borders. Restorative connections through space and language”. The training course is only offered as part of the conference package.

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Dominic Barter

Dominic Barter


Dominic Barter is an international consultant on Dialogical System Design and restorative systems. He collaborates in promoting sustainable, inclusive, adaptable responses to community needs. Over the last 25 years he has worked with marginalised communities, organisations, local and national governments, the UN and international agencies promoting cooperation and change, primarily in the  areas of justice, education, governance, collaborative community finance and local self-determination. His innovations have inspired changes in 50 countries, from drug-gangs to corporations, in  prisons,  hospitals, churches, social movements, universities, police departments, militia, civil conflict and its aftermath, schools and public policy. In the mid-90s he collaborated in the development of Restorative Circles, a community- based and -owned practice for dynamic engagement with conflict that grew from conversations with residents in gang-controlled shantytown favelas in Rio de Janeiro. He adapted the practice for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice's national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application around the world. In recent years he has supervised the mediation program for the Police Pacification Units in Rio and served as invited professor at the Standing Group for Consensual Methods of Conflict Resolution, at the High Court of Rio. A long time student and colleague of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Dominic served as Board President of the Center for Nonviolent Communication.



Tuesday  - 22 June  Wednesday  - 23 June 

9:00  - 9:25 am Registration (please be in time!) 

9:30 am - 5 pm Pre-conference event 

(including lunch break - a simple meal is provided) 

9:30 am - 1 pm  Pre-conference event 

1 pm lunch together with the participants of the EDUPRIS seminar (a simple meal is provided) 


Programme of the pre-conference event & conference

Tue 21/6 Wed 22/6 Thu 23/6 Fri 24/6 Sat 25/6
9.30-17.00 Pre-conference training

9.30-13.00 Pre-conference training
17-19 AGM

19-20 Reception

9-17 Conference


20-23 Social event

9-17 Conference


20-23 Social dinner
& RJ Award ceremony

9-14 Conference


14-18 Field trips

The stairs in the San Donato School


This pre-conference event will focus on designing dialogical agreements that promote mutual comprehension and restorative action between those engaged in harm, including when such violations are not included within the limits of statutes or involve those generally uncounted by current state justice systems.

Grounded in principles explored over 25 years of practice we will investigate the possibility that communities and organisations hold endogenous wisdom about how to respond when painful conflict emerges. And that such robust partnership responses can be cultivated into systemic conditions designed and owned by those they serve, thus releasing previously untapped creativity in healing pain and strengthening community cohesion. 

The learning will include presentations, practical exercises, group collaboration and stories from the many countries and contexts in which this work has been developed.

The event will both challenge and reaffirm guiding presumptions in restorative justice theory and practice and provide a stimulating space for participants to question and deepen their own practice and inquiry.

The group will have a maximum of 50 participants with an interest in innovative restorative justice practices (e.g. mediators, victim support officers, criminal justice professionals, social workers, educators, psychologists, art therapists, service managers, project coordinators, policymakers, researchers, trainers) coming from different countries in Europe and beyond. 

It is an advantage if participants have a grounding in restorative justice and a good level of English.

Photo:  A staircase  in the San Donato School, the venue of our event. 

The San Donato School


The event will be hosted by the San Donato School (Istituto Comprensivo "San Donato""A school of a thousand colours").  The address is: Via Alessio Fontana, 3, 07100 Sassari SS. It is in 15 minutes walking distance from the Sassari train station and also in 15 minutes walking distance from main venue of the conference (the Music Conservatory). 

The training course is 1,5 day long (21 June all day and 22 June half day). 
Please note that the training course is reserved only to participants of the EFRJ conference.

A simple lunch will be provided for participants on both days.  If you have special dietary request please get in touch in advance. 

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The costs of the training and contribution


The principle
There is no charge for this training event.  We rather explain the costs of the event to the participants and asks them to contribute to these if they can.
To some extent, in the past years, the EFRJ applied a similar model as well, asking participants to contribute to the event with the amount they could afford. In this way, some people pay a little fair share (or even nothing) while others commit to pay a higher solidarity fee.
This helps to make the event more accessible and inclusive; to challenge existing structures and systems that perpetuate social injustice; and to give participants a better sense of what resources such an event requires, and how they can take part in making it happen.
For this event, we will use the “Pay-What-You-Can model”, which also includes the option of free of charge participation.
Before you choose your contribution type, please read the following explanation of the costs of the event.

What are the costs of this event?
With 25 participants, the total costs of the training is €4750. This amount distributed fairly among 25 participants is €190 per person.

What makes up the costs?
The total costs include:

  •  the room rental (€400)
  • the travel, accommodation, food of the trainer (€1140) and our organising staff member (€570),
  • trainers’ honorarium (€765)
  • printed and other materials shared during the training (€180),
  • the coffee breaks and catering during the event (€945)
  • other preparatory costs (partially covering the working hours of the staff members preparing the event,
  • editing learning materials and other resources for the event, communication costs €750).

Important remark: The training this time does not have a maximum number of participants, everyone who registers for the conference is welcome to join. In case the amount of voluntary contributions would be greater than the costs of the event, the additional income will support the sustainability of the EFRJ’s training programme and the organisation’s other activities promoting of restorative justice in Europe.

Pay what can you model

Contributions to the costs of the event   
Average contribution  190€
Reduced contribution 

use the discount code Sassari_reduced

Solidarity contribution  228€
use the discount code Sassari_solidarity
Cannot contribute financially If the amounts above are too high for you, you are welcome to subscribe without a contribution, or pay less than €152 (asking for an additional discount). In this case we are asking you to explain your motivation to attend the event as well as the reasons for asking financial support. 

In case you are subscribing without a contribution, or if you can pay less than €90 (asking for an additional
discount), we are asking you to explain your motivation to attend the event as well as the reasons for asking
financial support.
Please contact the EFRJ Training Officer to know more. For other questions related to the conference, please contact the EFRJ Events Officer.