Join us in this half day of gathering the authors of the 5 publications launched over the 3 past years of the project MEDIAREJ. This event will be a dynamic opportunity to learn about how can we better train restorative justice and mediation using innovative ideas and tools. 

The project MEDIAREJ (2020-2023) aims to take stock of various training methods and implementing them through joint staff training and work on innovative outputs in 4 European countries, establishing a network among trained professionals and organisations.

This event will be the final event of the project and a great opportunity for stakeholders, restorative justice trainers, and students to connect . 

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What? MEDIAREJ final project event on "Training in Restorative Justice"

When? Friday 3 February from 2 - 8 pm (seminar + social aperitif)

Where? Brusselstraat 63 (Leuven, Belgium)

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Programme of the event

13.45 - Registrations

14.00 - Welcome by Edit Törzs (executive director of the European Forum for Restorative Justice) and presentation of the MEDIAREJ project by Ariele Morandin (project coordinator)

14.15 -  Presentation and facilitated dialogue about restorative learning by Tim Chapman and Belinda Hopkins

15.30 - Coffee break 

16.00 - "Silence and writing as resources for training in groups” keynote speech by Giovanni Grandi

16.15 - Presentation of the project's outputs 

16.30 - Workshop on empathic listening 

17.30 - Q and A 

18.00 -  Social aperitif

20.00 - End of the event

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Who are the speakers?

Tim Chapman is an independent researcher and trainer in restorative justice. He is the Chair of the European Forum for Restorative Justice's Board. Through 10 years working at the University of Ulster teaching on the Masters programme in restorative practices, he has contributed to the development of restorative conferencing in both the voluntary and statutory sectors in Northern Ireland. Previously he spent 25 years working in the probation service and played an active part in developing effective practice in the UK particularly through the publication of ‘Evidence Based Practice’, written jointly with Michael Hough and published by the Home Office. He has been working as a consultant and developed the restorative justice training curriculum for the UNODC.  His ‘Time to Grow’ model for the supervision of young people has influenced youth justice practices. He has published widely on restorative justice and effective practice. 

Belinda Hopkins pioneered the use of restorative approaches in schools across the UK during the early 2000’s. She is the founding director of Transforming Conflict, the National Centre for Restorative Approaches in Youth and Community Settings. Transforming Conflict has now established itself as one of the foremost providers of training and consultancy in the field of restorative approaches across Europe. Her book ‘Just Schools’(JKP 2004) has inspired many people internationally as have her other books and publications since then.
She continues to run training courses herself, writes books and articles, develops training materials and resources, and speaks at conferences nationally and internationally. She is proud to be the current Chair of the EFRJ Restorative Schools Working Group and is an active member of the Training Committee and facilitates the Trainers’ Network meetings.

Giovanni Grandi is associate professor of moral philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology of the University of Padua. He teaches theoretical and historical foundations of philosophical anthropology and analysis of conflict, forms of justice and restorative practices in the bachelor courses on innovation and social service at the same University. He was president of the Jacques Maritain Study Center (Portogruaro) and the Jacques Maritain Institute (Trieste). He is a member of the scientific council of the Jacques Maritain International Institute, of the scientific council of the SOUQ - Study Center on Urban Suffering in Milan, and of the board of directors of CIRFIM - Interdepartmental Research Center of Medieval Philosophy of the University of Padua. He is one of the founders of the initiative "Parole O_Stili" for the promotion of non-violent online communication styles. He is the author of numerous scientific studies and popular essays in anthropology and moral philosophy. 

This event is free of charge and attendees will be able to collect a certificate of attendance at the end of the conference. 

Registrations are mandatory and only participants registered before 30/01/2023 will be able to join the social aperitif following the seminar.

In case of any doubt about this event, please contact Júlia Barjau at