Everywhere 17-24/11/2019

RJ Week 2019

The International RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WEEK (#RJWeek) will take place all over Europe and beyond in the week between 17-24 November 2019. Please use this document to inform us about your initiative and give it more visibility! Deadline: 8 November.

Check the EFRJ CALENDAR to search for events close to you.
More events will be published closer to the date.


The EFRJ will launch 6 new short videos, with interviews with some of our Board members responding to the question “Why does RJ matters?“. They will be uploaded on the EFRJ Vimeo channel and disseminated on our social media one each day of the RJ Week.

The EFRJ will also publish a booklet on restorative environmental justice, similar to the thematic publication on arts and RJ in 2017. If you wish to contribute with an article, please do so before 15 September.


Please contact Emanuela Biffi  if you need advise for organising your RJ event and for disseminating your activity within our network! If you already have an idea, please use this document (deadline: 8 November) to publish your event in the calendar of events on the EFRJ website.


Just to have an idea of what happened across Europe in the past years… During the #RJWeek 2018, the EFRJ produced the new film “Expanding the restorative imagination”, launched the European Restorative Justice Policy Network and disseminated a new series of postcards. During the #RJWeek 2017, the EFRJ launched the film “A Conversation” which was screened in about 70 places across the globe, published the booklet “Restorative Imagination: Artistic Pathways. Ideas and experiences at the intersection between art and restorative justice” and inspired many members to organise their local event. During the #RJWeek 2016, the EFRJ organised a series of events around the main theme ‘Arts, Justice and Storytelling’ and collected and disseminated stories and events in the field of RJ. During the #RJWeek 2015, the EFRJ celebrated its 15th anniversary with a series of events in Leuven and disseminated the events organised by its members. During the #RJWeek 2014, the EFRJ produced the video ‘Restorative justice. Inspiring the future of a just society for all‘ which was screened across Europe as part of the campaign ‘RJ Lunch on Inspiring Innovation’. During the #RJWeek 2013, the EFRJ designed postcards which were sent across Europe in digital and printed versions.


It all started in 1975 in England, where prison chaplains launched a day to remember incarcerated people, the ‘Prisoner’s Sunday’. The idea was then spread in other countries and 20 years later it become the ‘Prisoner’s Week’. This is still celebrated and in Belgium the national prison week and our international RJ week are celebrated with a good collaboration between the EFRJ and local organisers working in prison settings: for example, in 2017 their theme is about family members of prisoners, something where RJ can have a proper say. Finally, it was only in 1996 that Canada expanded the prisoner’s week into the ‘Restorative Justice Week: Community, Victims, and Prisoners’, shortened to ‘Restorative Justice Week’. The EFRJ joined this international campaign since few years after its creation in 2000.