In the UK and internationally, restorative justice is slowly reconciling its differences with the notion of incapacitation and the practice of imprisonment. As governments' investment in restorative practices in prisons is increasing questions on legitimacy, research, definition and evaluation are raised.
IARS' founder and Director, Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, has been invited by the Centre for Restorative Justice of Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) to speak about this important topic by giving the second annual Liz Elliott Memorial Lecture and Dialogue.
Dr. Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Elliott, Founding Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice at Simon Fraser University, and recipient of the National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award in 2010, passed away the morning of September 9, 2011.
Dr Gavrielides said: "I am humbled by the honour to give this lecture. Liz was not only an inspiration for the restorative justice academic community. She also touched the lives of many individuals, nationally and internationally; in particular, the lives of our most vulnerable citizens in our prison system".
In her book, Security with Care: Restorative Justice and Healthy Societies, she says: “I learned that the problems were much deeper than a flawed criminal justice system and that our work needed to begin in our relationships with each other and the natural world and, most importantly, with ourselves.”
The lecture was held on Friday, Nov. 23 at SFU's Surrey Campus. Gavrielides' presentation can be dowloaded from here
Prof. Morrison, Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice said: "We are delighted that Dr. Gavrielides has accepted the invitation. IARS' latest research on community-led solutions to crime as well as Gavrieldies' critical approach to the proposals of restorative justice are timely for British Columbia. Vancouver is waiting to welcome him back"!
Gavrielides' visit to Vancouver coincides with Canadian Restorative Justice Week (18-25 Nov, 2012). Therefore, a number of other engagement are also being planned including a keynote speech at the AGM of North Shore Restorative Justice, a speech at the SFU City Conversations on Rethinking Justice as well as meetings with senior criminal justice agents.
The theme for this year's Canadian Restorative Justice Week is 'Diverse Needs: Unique Responses'. This theme recognizes that restorative justice is an approach that addresses the various needs of people impacted by crime and conflict that are created when a person has been harmed or treated unfairly. Some of these needs are also influenced by an individual’s background, culture, gender, age and many other factors that make each person unique. Restorative justice processes, in response to crime and conflict, are highly adaptable to different people, environments, and systems as the identified needs of the people involved help formulate the unique response that can contribute to a person’s sense of safety, justice and well-being.