Monday, January 26th, 2015


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Grants of up to £150,000 for IARS' Partners: Expressions of Interest - Impact Readiness Fund

As one of the approved providers for the Impact Readiness Fund we are looking for social ventures with an ambition to grow and become sustainable. A £1.5 million worth fund managed by the Social Investment Business for the Cabinet Office aims to support social ventures to understand and improve their social impact with a view to attract social investment and win contracts.

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Happy Human Rights Day: Bridging the human rights gap in criminal justice

On this year's international human rights day, I offer my reflections on a human centered criminal justice system. These were generated following the 19th and 20th of November IARS’ 3rd Annual International Conference – A victim-led Criminal Justice System?  which I had the honour of chairing.

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IARS PRESS RELEASE: Victims' rights - changing the law and mindsets

Over 20 countries were represented at the IARS 3rd Annual International Conference – A victim-led Criminal Justice System?  that took place on 19-20 November marking International Restorative Justice Week.

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Are the voices of young people being heard? Still a long way to go...

Following the successful conclusion of the London Youth Now programme, IARS is pleased to announce the release of its evaluation report "Youth Voices Matter". The report is the output of the 5-year Big Lottery funded the "London Youth Now" programme.

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International Restorative Justice week 2014: Mainstreaming innovation

I remember one afternoon in November 2012 in Vancouver, asking my friend Dr. Evelyn Zellerer, Director of Canadian-based Peace of the Circle, why Restorative Justice week is not a international event. Initiated by the Correctional Service Canada (CSC), it has been celebrated annually across Canada since 1996.

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IARS Press Release: Unlocking the way for a human rights’ centered criminal justice system

Current developments and reforms that occur nationally and internationally in order to incorporate victims’ rights in the criminal justice system will be debated at IARS’ 3rd International Annual Conference 2014 titled “A Victim-led Criminal Justice System?, that will take place during International Restorative Justice Week 2014, on 19th-20th November in central London at the Honourable Society of Middle Temple (Middle Temple Lane, EC4Y 9AT). The event will be co-chaired by Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS Director) and Patron Simon Israel (Channel 4 TV).

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Press Release: International High Profile Patrons Join IARS

At a critical point in the development of IARS, we are proud to announce that three high profile figures have joined the IARS team as its Patrons. These are: Emeritus Professor Dr. Judy Atkinson (ex-Director of Gnibi the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples), Professor Dr. Kay Hampton (Scottish Human Rights Commissioner) and Simon Israel (Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent). Professor Dr. Howard Williamson CBE (University of South Wales) and Dr. Daniel Briggs (Universidad Europea de Madrid) also joined IARS Academic Board.


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International Networking Evening: 20 November

The Trustees of IARS and Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent and IARS' Patron, Simon Israel are delighted to hold this year's biggest international justice networking event in the evening of Thursday 20th (17:30 - 19:00) at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL.

The reception is held on behalf of the charity in celebration of International Restorative Justice Week following IARS 2014 Annual Conference. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in a career in human rights, criminal justice or restorative justice as it will bring together leading experts, employers, policy makers, practitioners, barristers and academics from Europe, Canada, South Africa, Australia, the US and New Zealand. Tickets (£15) can be purchased online or by emailing and are available on a first come basis.