Field trips (new for 2014!)

For this 8th edition – and as an integral part of the conference programme – there will be three parallel field trips organised on the second day of the conference. The aim is to introduce the participants to Belfast and in Northern Ireland, and in particular in relation to its rich history on restorative justice and peacebuilding. Conference attenders will have a choice out of three organised trips that are linked to the main themes of the conference: desistance, social justice, and peacebuilding.

Desistance – HM Prison Crumlin Road 

A creative and interactive workshop will be held on restorative justice developments in the criminal justice system, and the probation sector. The venue for this field trip is unique: HM Prison Crumlin Road, which is a 19th century prison in Belfast no longer used, and rebuilt into a museum.

Social Justice – Northern Irish Council for Voluntary Action

An interactive study visit to a community-based justice centre in a working-class district of Belfast to discuss how restorative justice addresses justice issues in civil society (community, schools, families and organisations). Location: Northern Irish Council for Voluntary Action

Peacebuilding – Titanic Belfast

Northern Ireland might bear a long history of political conflict, it certainly also serves as a unique example of transitional justice and peacebuilding in the World. A workshop on restorative justice elements in the transitional justice process in Northern Ireland will be held at the Titanic Belfast.


While registering for the conference, participants will be asked to subscribe for one of these three field trips including a workshop. Conference attenders will board coaches at 1:30 pm for a brief tour of interesting historical landmarks with a tour guide commentary. Arrived at the respective venues, participants will be taking part in the interactive workshop of their choice. Return to the conference venue is planned at 5:00 pm.