International Symposia on Restorative Justice & Human Rights

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IARS' Restorative Justice Research Network in partnership with Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and the Hellenic Social Mediation Centre in Greece established the International Symposia on Restorative Justice & Human Rights held in Skopelos island. The initiative is led by Prof. Vasso Artinopoulou and Dr. Theo Gavrielides .

The idea of bringing the disciplines of restorative justice and human rights under the scrutiny of philosophy sprang from the 2012 Gavrielides' Edition Rights & Restoration within Youth Justice and the international conference that Panteion organised in December 2010 to celebrate 60 years from the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights.

To express an interest in the 2013 Symposium please contact Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

1st International Symposium on the Philosophy of Restorative Justice & Human Rights

The first Symposium was held in Skopelos between 2-7 June 2012. This unique event brought together an exclusive group of 21 leading international names from the field of restorative justice and human rights. The event took the format of an ancient Greek symposium allowing for in-depth discussions on papers that will later be published by De Sitter as part of an edited Volume. The event was supported by the the Mayor of Skopelos.

The structure and location of the symposium enabled the ‘symposiarchs’ (the participating guests) to debate their papers and delve into concepts and issues in an engaging and enriching environment. Sessions took place at local beaches, bars with beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains, a local artist's villa house and at a Byzantine Monastery. The locations were truly inspiring. The event closed with an ancient Greek style sumposium at Asclepeion ( The delegates participated in a Libation in the Ancient Asclepeion and enjoyed a delicious traditional Greek dinner together.

To see photos from the symposium please follow this link.

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The following experts participated in the symposium:

  • Prof Theo Gavrielides, Director & Founder, IARS, UK
  • Prof. Vasso Artinopoulou, Professor of Criminology, Panteion University, Greece
  • Prof. Richard Grimes, Director of Clinical Programmes, University of York, UK
  • Prof. Susan Sharpe, Advisor on Restorative Justice, Notre Dame Law School, USA
  • Prof. Mara Schiff, Florida Atlantic University, USA
  • Dr. Marelize Shoeman, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Prof. Gerry Johnstone, Professor of Law, University of Hull, UK
  • Prof. Judah Oudshoorn, Conestoga College, Canada
  • Mr. Rob Mackay, Restorative Justice Forum Facilitator, Australia
  • Ms Vikki Roberston, Jewel & Esk College, Scotland
  • Prof. Brenda Morrison, Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Dr. Evelyn Zellerer, Founder, Peace of the Circle & Professor - Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada
  • Prof. John Winterdyk, Mount Royal University, Canada
  • Mr. Ben Lyon, IARS and Register of Restorative Practitioners, UK
  • Ms. Elaine Joubert, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Prof. Maria Hadjipavlou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Prof. Christodoulos Yiallourides, Panteion University, Greece
  • Ms. Mersilia Anastasiadou, Lancaster University, UK
  • Mr. Ioannis Karagiozos, Panteion University, Greece
  • Ms. Fontini Zygouri, University of Thessaly, Greece

Sponsors & Supporters

We are grateful to the Mayor of Skopelos and our supporters for their kind donations in helping us make this non-profit event happen.

Publishers, universities, organisations and individuals interested in sponsoring and supporting the next Symposium (2013) should contact Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Director, 0044 (0) 20 7820 0945.

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