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Leiden 2016

9th international European Forum for Restorative Justice conference

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Realising Restorative Justice: Human Rights and Personal Realities

(Leiden, 22-24 June 2016)

Human rights and restorative justice values and principles are closely linked. Interconnections are obvious in regard to the rights to dignity, respect and protection, the rights to recognition, inclusion and participation, the rights to freedom of speech, security and justice and the rights to personal growth and empowerment. One further important aspect is the question whether restorative justice should be promoted as a genuine civil, or human, right.
Many international and European human rights instruments mention the importance of the use of restorative justice approaches in reaction to criminal offences (e.g. the European Convention on Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Additionally, restorative justice might take a more proactive role in addressing current human rights challenges, for example by contributing to the protection and empowerment of vulnerable groups, ensuring justice and security and encouraging a social dialogue around the current refugee issue, counteracting radicalization and extreme violence with alternative solutions, and even by using the arts and social media to share knowledge and promote diversity in our (digital and non-digital) world.


  • Bas van Stokkom – Senior researcher at the Faculty of Law of Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
  • Antony Pemberton – Professor at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) of Tilburg University (The Netherlands)
  • Simon Green – Senior Lecturer in Community Justice and Criminology University of Hull (UK)
  • Hendrik Kaptein – Associate professor at the Philosophy of Law department at Leiden University (The Netherlands)
  • George Pavlich – Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Alberta (Canada)
  • Dan van Ness– Executive Director of the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International (US)
  • Reynaldo Adames – Writer and coach (The Netherlands)
  • Gema Varona – Lecturer in Criminology and Victimology at the University of the Basque Country (Spain)
  • Patrizia Patrizi – Full professor of Psychology and Law and Restorative Justice at the University of Sassari (Italy)


Law School of Leiden University


1. Human rights and restorative justice
2. Dignity and equality – RJ and vulnerable groups
3. Liberty and access to justice – RJ and detention
4. Freedom of movement and protection from persecution – RJ and the refugees
5. Security, justice and prohibition of discrimination – RJ and radicalisation
6. Education, the arts and cultural life – RJ and creativity

Conference booklet

Programme with abstracts and introductions to the speeches and workshops

Booklet 9th International EFRJ conference "Realising Restorative Justice: Human Rights and Personal Realities" (Leiden, 22-24 June 2016)

All the presentations from the conference.