Since the beginning of 2021, the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) and the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) have been engaging in conversations to expand perspectives and identify synergies between the restorative justice movements in Europe and in the USA.

While most cooperation happens “behind the scenes” in internal meetings between representatives of the two organisations, the NACRJ and EFRJ  want to create a space for dialogue on the application of community and restorative justice around key issues relevant across different parts of the world. The idea is to stimulate exchange, debate, reflection, and cooperation between the two regions as well as the two organisations. 

Poster of the webinar series EU-USA

​​​​​​​The webinar series

Every few months , we will invite two or more speakers from Europe and from the USA to reflect on various topics through restorative justice lenses. Topics are selected because of their relevance for both European and American audiences interested in the theory and application of restorative work. We are especially considering the impact of restorative justice initiatives in criminal and juvenile justice systems (e.g. cooperation with the judiciary; restorative work in prisons, restorative approaches for youth), restorative practices in schools and cities (e.g. approaches to culture and discipline, trauma centered responses, building youth capacity to address conflict), and restorative approaches to key societal issues (e.g. community involvement in justice matters; political and other polarisation, hate crime and extreme violence).

 

    Upcoming webinar

    • Monday 13 December (17.30-19.0h CET) - Restorative School Culture with Michelle Stowe (Ireland) and Nancy Riestenberg  (USA)
    NACRJ EFRJ webinars - posters 1 2 3

    More webinars

    • Monday 26 April (17.30-19.00h CET) - Trauma informed restorative approaches (Joe Brummer, USA; Claudia Christen-Schneider, Switzerland)
    • Monday 24 May (17.30-19.30h CET) - Police, community and youth relationships (Remko de Boer, The Netherlands; Emma Goddard, UK; Vanessa Westley, USA; Micah Johnson, USA)
    • Monday 27 September (17.30-19.00 CEST) - Restorative responses to LGBTQ+ hate crime  (Mark Walters, UK; Malin Roiha and Ignacio Elpidio Domínguez Ruiz, Spain; Jasmyn Story, USA)

    Practicalities and registrations

    Each webinar is scheduled in the USA’s morning time and in Europe’s late afternoon.  The registration fee is 16 EUR (20 US $); EFRJ members receive a 50% discount code to register. Only registered participants will receive the link (Zoom) to participate in the webinar. You can register via the EFRJ website: please note that your contact details (name and email) will be shared also with NACRJ. 

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    Lofos of the EFRJ and of NACRJ

    About the organisers

     

    The two non-profit membership driven organisations have some similarities and differences in their way of working and still they pursue the same mission to make restorative justice accessible to anyone in need of such experience to overcome the suffering of harm, conflict and crime.

     

    EFRJ (Europe)

    NACRJ (USA)

    Year of establishment

    2000 in Leuven (Belgium)

    2013 in San Antonio, Texas

    Membership

    480+ members including individual practitioners, researchers and policymakers and 80+ organisations

    Almost 600 members including educators, practitioners, researchers and others interested in restorative and community justice.

    Aim

    To establish high quality restorative justice practices in Europe

    To promote effective responses to conflict, incivility, crime and injustice that are equitable, sustainable, socially constructive and prevention oriented.

    Mission

    Every person in Europe should have the right to access high quality restorative justice services, at any time and in any case

    A safe and equitable world where restorative interactions transform individuals, relationships, communities and systems through the prevention, repair and deep healing of harm.

    Website

    www.euforumrj.org

    www.nacrj.org

    Note: the views and perspectives expressed by featured speakers are theirs and may not be held by EFRJ & NACRJ as event organisers.

    Photo credits:
    - banner: "Harvest for the World" by M. on Flickr.com
    - world map:  "Mappamondo" by Renato Panzanato on Flickr.com