EFRJ Conference 2016- Programme & Field Trips




Tuesday 21 June

17.00 – Start of conference registrations
18.00-20.00 – Annual General Meeting (incl. Board Elections and Forum 15 results)

Wednesday 22 June

08.15 – Registrations
09.00 – Welcome Session

Welcome and introduction to the theme by the chairpersons EFRJ, Michael Kilchling & Annemieke Wolthuis
Opening of the conference by the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, Mr. Ard van der Steur
Welcome by the Dean of the Leiden Law School, Prof. Rick Lawson
Address by the Justice Director of the Basque Government, Mr. Manuel Valin

09.45 – Plenary Session on ‘Realising restorative justice: beyond legalism and crime control’ (VIEW ABSTRACTS IN THE BOOKLET)

Bas van Stokkom (philosopher, sociologist and senior researcher, Radboud University Nijmegen): The ‘miraculous’ emergence of penal mediation in the Netherlands, Restorative justice in the context of Dutch pragmatism and populism
Antony Pemberton (professor victimology & director Intervict, Tilburg University): Towards a radical victimology: a brief genealogy of victim policy in the Netherlands
Simon Green (senior lecturer in community justice and criminology, University of Hull): Realising restorative potential: language, politics and ritual

11.00 – Coffee Break
11.30 – Parallel Workshops
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Parallel Workshops
15.30 – Coffee Break
16.00-17.00 – Parallel Workshops

17.15-18.30 – Reception at City Hall (Burgerzaal)

Opening by the mayor Mr Lenferink
RJ Award ceremony
Criminal Justice Platform Europe’s contributions

Thursday 23 June

09.00 – Plenary Session on ‘Restorative Justice & Human Rights in the international context’ (VIEW ABSTRACTS IN THE BOOKLET)

Hendrik Kaptein (University of Leiden): No human rights without restorative justice, transcending crime by realizing rightfull original positions for all
George Pavlich (University of Alberta): Restorative Justice and the Rights of the Accused
Janny Dierx (mediator and trainer): RJ and human rights from a practitioners perspective: mediation in Argentina and the Netherlands

11.00 – Coffee Break
11.30 – Parallel Workshops
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Plenary Session on ‘Restorative justice and Personal Realities’ (VIEW ABSTRACTS IN THE BOOKLET)

Dan van Ness (executive director, Centre for Justice and Reconciliation, Prison Fellowship International): RJ in prison settings, experiences with the Sycamore Tree Project (victim awareness by teaching RJ principles) in 35 countries around the world
Reynaldo Adames: a personal story
Anneke van Hoek, Gert Jan Slump (Restorative Justice Nederland) and other practitioners: pitches on what is happening with RJ in the prison context: houses of restoration in prisons, victim awareness and victim-offender mediation

15.30 – Coffee Break
16.00-17.30 – Parallel Workshops
19.30 Conference dinner at the restaurant Het Prentenkabinet in Leiden (more info below)

Friday 24 June

9.15 – Plenary Session on ‘Current human rights challenges and restorative justice principles’ (VIEW ABSTRACTS IN THE BOOKLET)

Gema Varona (lecturer in criminology and victimology at the University of the Basque Country, Spain): Restorative justice & radicalization: ETA, RJ and Human Rights
Patrizia Patrizi (full professor of Psychology and Law and Restorative Justice at the University of Sassari, Italy): Restoring relationships, community building and social inclusion

10.45 – Coffee Break
11.15 – Parallel Workshops
12.45 – Closing ceremony

Final words by Annemieke Wolthuis & Michael Kilchling

13.15 – Lunch
14.30 – Field trips (more info below)


An important part of the conference programme are the parallel field trips organised on the last day of the conference, Friday 24 June (starting from 14.30). Participants will choose one of the following organised field trips when completing the registration form to the conference:

  • Visit at the Children’s Rights House and Defence for Children International (max. 50 people)
  • Guided tour to visit International Wall Poems in Leiden (max. 60 people)

Participants can register on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please click here to find more information. Please register here before 15 June.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer the Prison Gate or the visit of the Peace Palace in The Hague as EFRJ field trips, as originally planned. We apologize for any inconveniences the change in field trip program may cause. However, if you are still planning to visit The Hague, the EFRJ will facilitate the trip. Interested participants can meet at the conference venue and travel together. Please note that this visit will be at the participant’s costs and there will be no guided tour. More information to visit The Hague can be found here.