Summer schools and Training

29 July – 02 August 2013 : `Restorative justice in intercultural settings: business as usual?`

More than 30 practitioners, researchers and trainers from 13 different countries came together in Vienna for a week to share their experiences and learn from each other on the application/possibilities of restorative justice approaches in intercultural conflict settings.

This year the Summer School was organised in the framework of the ALTERNATIVE project. Besides training on intercultural aspects in RJ practice, summer school participants had the possibility to visit organisations in Vienna using restorative justice and/or working in intercultural settings. One day was dedicated to a more in depth learning experience on the ALTERNATIVE project itself, having colleagues from Northern Ireland (UU) and Hungary (Foresee) giving full day workshops based on their research and activities in the project. The reserach in the project is also enriched with the experiences, remarks, questions, debates, feedback of all participants. According to participants’ feedback it served as a mutual learning experience, as well as a possibility to build professional networks and personal contacts. The Africa festival, the warm and sunny weather, the evening walks, drinks and a summer school dinner hopefully served this purpose well.

flyer of the summer school

pictures from the summer school

Programme of the Summer School

Registration Form

Waiver request form


11 July – 15 July 2011 : ‘What do practitioners say after they say hello?’

The 2011 summer school took place in Kent (UK) from 11 until 15 July 2011.
Here you will find the outline of the Summer School, the final report and a link with some pictures of the event:
Outline of the Summer School
Final report + Presentation given by Niall Kearney


20 July – 24 July 2009 : ‘Towards Critical Restorative Justice Practices’

The 2009 summer school took place in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) and was led by Professor Gerry Johnstone of Hull University.

Final report
List of participants
Towards critical restorative justice practices (N. Kearney)
The challenges that restorative justice faces in Europe (G. Johnstone)
The relation between research and practice (G. Johnstone)
Developing a framework for effective practices (N. Kearney)


27 June – 1 July 2007 : ‘On Moving Forward’

The 2007 summer school took place in Riga, Latvia.

The summer school dealt with:
•Support and supervision of mediators / facilitators and trainers.
• Evaluation of practice and training.
•Discovering new areas for restorative practice.

Report about this summer school
Final booklet about this summer school

29 June – 3 July 2005: ‘Training for victim-offender mediation and restorative justice’

The 2005 summer school took place in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

The summer school dealt with:
•European recommendations on the training of mediators in criminal matters.
•Training materials and methods of training.
•Exploration of issues to do with the support needed to work effectively as a mediator / restorative justice facilitator.