Plenary speakers

Here you can find the confirmed speakers of the 2024 EFRJ Conference in Tallinn (29-31 May)


Mart Susi (Estonia)
Mart Susi is professor of human rights law at Tallinn University and visiting researcher at Universidad Autónoma de Chile. He is the Action Chair of Global Digital Human Rights Network and initiator of many international research and development projects. He is the author of more than 50 articles, and in recent years has concentrated on digital human rights and new human rights. His recent publications are the Cambridge University Press monograph "Non-coherence theory of digital human rights" (2024), and edited volume as co-editor "The Cambridge Handbook of new human rights". He is a frequent speaker on international forums and guest speaker at different universities across the globe. His scientific contributions include the articulation of the Internet Balancing Formula and the decrease in universality and abstractness thesis.


Moderator/ Discussant: Stephan Parmentier, Professor of Sociology of Crime, Law and Human Rights|Head of Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Camilo Eduardo Umaña Hernández (Colombia) 
Camilo currently serves as Deputy Minister of Criminal Policy and Restorative Justice for the Ministry of Justice and Law of the Colombian State, leading different issues of relevance to the National Government such as the formulation of the new drug policy, the humanization of the penitentiary and prison system, the compliance of the recommendations of the truth commission on justice, among other matters. He is also a lawyer and a law professor at the Externado University in Bogotá. He holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Ottawa; PhD in Legal Sociology from the University of the Basque Country; master in Sociology of Law from the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law; and postgraduate diploma in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law from the Externado de Colombia University. He worked with the Colombian Truth Commission for over a year as an expert on access to justice and impunity, and he has also been a consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on transitional justice and the National Ombudsman on restorative justice. He is thus a political person with a strong academic background, who will reflect on the lessons on restorative justice and peacemaking in Colombia, making them relevant also for the European context. See blog piece by our KUL colleagues

Alona Horova (Ukraine)
Alona is the director of the Institute for Peace and Common Ground (IPCG), a leading Ukrainian public organization that specializes in achieving positive and sustainable changes in forming social capital and strengthening the “social fabric” of society with the help of dialogue and restorative practices. In its 25 years of activity, IPCG counts 1500 recovery programmes with more than 5000 trained participants. IPCG’s mission is to “help to understand each other in situations of conflict and decision-making”. 


Moderator/ Discussant: Simone Grigoletto, Assistant Professor in Moral Philosophy teaching Ethics for Social Work and Restorative Justice  at the University of Padova (Italy)

Adelina Tërshani (Kosovo) & Elina Khachatryan (Armenia)
Adelina is a dedicated feminist activist and the pioneering figure of slam poetry in Kosovo. She holds a degree in Journalism from Hasan Prishtina University. Elin has a Bachelor in Law and promotes dialogue and reconciliation between civil society, organisations and religious realities affected by the conflict in Armenia and Azerbaijan. They both met in Rondine Citta della Pace (Italy), where they are currently studying and living together with other 25 university students coming from conflict zones. After their 2-year studies, the Rondini d'Oro (the "golden" students who completed the programme) are expected to continue their peace work, based on dialogue and meeting the other, once they return to their home countries. Rondine advocates that all Member States dedicate a part of their military budget to educate young people in peace work. In 2015, Rondine was nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tanya Kearns (Northern Ireland) 
Tanya (Bachelor of Arts in Community Youth Work) works in the charity sector on various peacebuilding, social action and arts-based projects based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is an activist and experienced community arts facilitator. With additional studies in restorative practises, she has a keen interest in the cross-section between restoration, empowerment and promoting positive social change through the arts. In 2023, she joined the international collective “The Encounter of the Encounters'' because of her lived experience of violence in Northern Ireland and her life's work to "make things better" as the first generation to grow up in a post-conflict society.


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