The international seminar “The Role of the Judiciary in the Application of Restorative Justice: Challenges, Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward” will take place in Leuven and online on the 30 March (10 am  - 5:30 pm) and 31 March  (9 am - 12 pm) 2022.
This event marks the closure of the EU-funded project RE-JUSTICE, coordinated by KU Leuven (Institute of Criminology) over the past two years, and in partnership with the European Forum for Restorative Justice, the Belgian National Judicial Training Institute (IGO), the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), University partners and National Judiciary Schools from Italy (UCSC and SSM), Greece (AUTh and ESDI) and Spain (UC3M and CGPJ).
The consortium invites participants  from across Europe and beyond to come to Leuven (or join us online, through the Zoom platform) to learn about the project outcomes, and most of all to discuss with other judges, public prosecutors, restorative justice practitioners, students, researchers, and all other professionals interested, the role of the judiciary in the application of restorative justice and to address with us some key questions: what are the main challenges in the intersection between restorative justice and criminal justice? What are some possible solutions? What are the lessons learnt from the close collaboration with Judiciary Schools within the project? What are the training methods and tools that can be effective in increasing knowledge and skills, change attitudes and raise awareness about restorative justice among judicial actors?
This international seminar will provide a platform – physical and online – to exchange ideas regarding all these challenging aspects, and to contribute to the further evolution of training practices.

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The flyer of the RE-JUSTICE closing seminar

For approximately 20 years multiple European bodies and actors have highlighted the importance of judges and public prosecutors receiving training on restorative justice. The RE-JUSTICE project addresses this training need, with a specific focus on the topic of criminal law and the implementation of the Victim’s Directive 2012/29/EU. Through pilot training, the project has served to build knowledge and develop skills and attitudes in professionals in Greece, Italy and Spain. In addition to delivering training to more than 70 professionals, RE-JUSTICE aims to make restorative justice accessible for all by working towards harmonised quality standards across the 27 EU Member States. In order to sustainably raise awareness of restorative justice amongst judges and public prosecutors, the project has also produced a number of training materials which will remain available for training purposes beyond the life to the project.

The training materials produced within the RE-JUSTICE project and the lessons learnt from the pilot training of judges and magistrates in Greece, Italy and Spain, will be shared and discussed during the International Seminar. To enrich the discussion, key speakers from the Judiciary and from university from across Europe will share their expertise and their insights:

  • Public Prosecutor Marco Scuccimarra, from Saint-Etienne, France
  • Ian Marder, Assistant Professor in Criminology from the School of Law and Criminology at Maynooth University
  • Judge Patricia McNamara, also representative of the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN)
  • From the project consortium: Edit Törzs, Executive Director of the EFRJ; Claudia Mazzucato, Catholic University in Milan; Helena Soleto, University Carlos III in Madrid; Silia Vagounari,  Aristotle University in Thessaloniki; and representative judges and public prosecutors from the Judiciary Schools in Italy, Spain and Greece.
  • More speakers to be confirmed. 
Logos of the partner organisations in the RE-JUSTICE project


EVENT VENUE  >>>  You may attend at the event physically in Leuven, Belgium, or join virtually via Zoom.  Physically the event will take place at the Law and the Psychology Faculties of KU Leuven (Leuven campus). Joining instructions (exact venue details and online access instructions) will be sent to registered participants a week before the event.  Up to 50 participants can join the event in the room, the online participation is unlimited.  We encourage registration as early as possible because of limited capacity.  Participants will be registered on a first-come-first-served basis, with the initial selection being done on March 18. 

COVID-19 RULES >>> The event will be held following the sanitary measures in place in Belgium and guaranteeing a limited capacity of the rooms in order to ensure the respect of proper distancing and a safe unfolding of the event.
Before travelling to Belgium, you may take a look at the rules that apply in your individual situation (please note that rules change on a regular basis, thus check about one week prior to your trip):

TRAVEL TO LEUVEN >>> Travel from the airport Brussels International Airport: The train station is located on the lowest floor of the airport. There are frequent trains to Leuven and the journey takes approximately 15 minutes. The university campus is a 10 - 15-minute flat walk from the station. There are a number of busses and taxis at the station. Taxis from the airport will cost around 60 – 65 Euros. If using a taxi, we can recommend booking with Taxi Jenny (tel: 016 26 10 10 /).

From Brussels Charleroi: This airport is a considerable distance from Leuven. Taxis from Charleroi cost between 180 and 200Euros. If using a taxi, we can recommend booking with Taxi Jenny (tel: 016 26 10 10 / For public transport you should count on at least 2 hours, possibly much longer depending on when you travel.

ACCOMMODATION >>> Hotels Leuven has a number of nice hotels. We have arranged a preferential rate with the

  • Pentahotel, which is very close to the campus of the Law and Criminology Faculty.  - Alfons Smetsplein 7, 3000 Leuven, Belgium Tel: +32471525206.
    We have negotiated rooms at €140 per night (breakfast included, city tax not included). If you wish to book a room (or make changes or cancellations) please use this link, which is valid until 18/03/2022.
    The hotel will confirm with you directly after you make a booking / change. You can cancel the room free of charge only until March 9th. After that, cancellations will be charged in full.

We can also recommend the following hotels in Leuven:

  • The Fourth: Grote Markt 5, 3000 Leuven / 22 75 54
  • Martin's Klooster Hotel: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat 18, 3000 Leuven, Belgium  - / +32 16 21 31 41
  • Ibis Leuven Center: Brusselsestraat 52, 3000 Leuven 016 29 31 11
    We have negotiated a special rate Weekday offer: Per single room per night breakfast and city tax included 119.95 € Per double / twin room per night breakfast and city tax included 133.95 € Weekend day offer: Per single room per night breakfast and city tax included 91.95 € Per double / twin room per night breakfast and city tax included 105.95 €
    To reserve e-mail quoting the reference RE: 9001428609 - KU Leuven. The option will run till 10/03/2022.
  • Begijnhof Hotel: Tervuursevest 70, 3000 Leuven / / Phone: +32 16 29 10 10 (GSM: 032 478 222 885)

Download the detailed programme preview. Please note that the programme has been updated on 16 March 2022. 

RE-JUSTICE International Seminar Programme

March 2022 (updated on 23 March 2022)

The Role of the Judiciary in the Application of Restorative Justice

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