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Dr. Theo Gavrielides

Dr. Theo Gavrielides

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Since 2001, I have been the Founder and Director of the UK-based charity The IARS International Institute.

I am also active in academia, and I have founded the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All). I am an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology (Centre for Restorative Justice) of Simon Fraser University (Canada) as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University (UK). I also served as a Visiting Professorial Research Fellow at Panteion University of Social & Political Science (Greece) and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University (UK).

I am the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journals:

In the past I volunteered as the Trustee of the Anne Frank Trust, Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS), and as a Member of the Scrutiny and Involvement Panel of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Previously, I was the Chief Executive of Race on the Agenda, a social policy think-tank focusing on race equality. I also worked at the Ministry of Justice as the Human Rights Advisor of the Strategy Directorate. There, I worked on the Human Rights Insight Project, which aimed to identify strategies that will further implement the principles underlying the Human Rights Act 1998 and improve public services. I also advised on the Ministry's Education, Information, and Advice strategy.

During 2002-2004, I worked as a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) alongside Professorial Research Fellow Francesca Klug OBE. I am also a legal counsel specialising in criminal law, human rights, and EU law. I taught criminal law and common law reasoning and institutions at the University of London, and have acted as a human rights and criminal justice advisor for various chambers and policy bodies, including the Independent Advisory Group of the London Criminal Justice Partnership.

I obtained a Doctorate in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD, 2005) and a Masters in Human Rights Law from Nottingham University (LL.M in Human Rights Law, 2000). I graduated from the Faculty of Laws of the National University of Athens and practised law at Gavrielides & Co, my father's law firm. This is where my sister and my brother also work as solicitors.

I have had the pleasure of publishing on various social justice issues, restorative justice, equality and race equality, human rights, and youth justice. My 2007 monograph “Restorative Justice Theory and Practice” was published by the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) . In 2012, I edited  "Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice", in 2013 I co-edited 'Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy' and in 2015 I edited 'The Philosophy of Restorative Justice' both published by Ashgate (now Routledge). I also edited 'Offenders no More' by NOVA Publishers (2015) and 'Restorative Justice, The Library of Essays on Justice' (2015) by Ashgate Publishing.

I am currently working on two books. My next monograph is titled 'Race, Power & Restorative Justice: The Dialogue We Never Had' and it will be published in 2018 by Routledge. I am also editing 'The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice' due to be published in 2018.

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Authored Books


Gavrielides, T. and G. Loseby (2014). The Wind of Change: Comparative Lessons for Restorative Justice in South Africa and the United Kingdom, London: RJ4All Publications, ISBN 978-1-907641-24-4.

Gavrielides, T. (Forthcoming in 2018). Race, Power & Restorative Justice: The dialogue we Never Had. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-4724-8835-0.

Gavrielides, T., Loseby G. and A. Ntziadima A. (2014), Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence: A Critical Review, London: IARS Publications. ISBN:  978-1-907641-28-2.

Gavrielides, T. and Blake, S. (2013). Race in Probation: Improving outcomes for black and minority ethnic users of probation services, London: IARS Publications. ISBN: 978-190764119-0.

Gavrielides, T. (2012). Waves of Healing: Using Restorative with Street Group Violence, London: IARS Publications. ISBN 978-1-907641-10-7.

Lyon, B., Matczak, A. and T. Gavrielides (2012), Restorative Justice in the UK, London: IARS Publications. 978-1-907641-14-5 (online).

Gavrielides, T. (2011). Restorative Justice and the Secure Estate: Alternatives for Young People, IARS: London. ISBN 978-1-907641-08-4.

Gavrielides, T. (2007) Restorative Justice Theory & Practice: Addressing the Discrepancy, HEUNI: Helsinki. ISBN 978-952-5333-32-9.


Edited Books


Gavrielides, T. (Forthcoming in 2018). The Ashgate Research Companion to Restorative Justice, Ashgate Publishing: Furnham. ISBN 978-1-4724-8070-5.

Gavrielides, T., et al. (2016). My Voice – My Rights: Young, Marginalised and Empowered by the law. IARS Publications: London. ISBN: 978-1-907641-34-3

Gavrielides, T., et. al. (2016). Young, Black & Minority Ethnic Carers: Barriers & Opportunities for Employment and Education,London: IARS Publications. ISBN: 978-1-907641-33-6

Gavrielides, T. (2015). Offenders No More: An Interdisciplinary Restorative Justice Dialogue, New York: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-63483-681-4.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within. Ashgate Publishing: Furnham, ISBN 978-1-4724-5530-7.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). Restorative Justice, The Library of Essays on Justice, Ashgate Publishing: Furnham, UK. ISBN 978-1-4724-4120-1.

Gavrielides, T. (2014), A victim-led criminal justice system for Europe: Addressing the paradox, London: IARS Publications. ISBN 978-1-907641-27-5.

Gavrielides, T. and V. Artinopoulou (2013). Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy, Ashgate Publishing: Furnham, UK. ISBN 978-1-4094-7071-7.

Gavrielides, T. (2012) Rights and Restoration Within Youth Justice, Whitby: de Sitter Publications. ISBN 978-1-897160-62-6.


Articles in peer reviewed journals


Gavrielides, T. (2016). "The Death of Democracy and the Forces of Power and Control: The Case of Europe". Social Sciences Journal. 5(3), pp. 42; doi:10.3390/socsci5030042.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). “Repositioning Restorative Justice in Europe: The Victims’ Directive”, Special Issue – Restorative Justice – Victims and Offenders Journal. DOI: 10.1080/15564886.2015.1105342

Gavrielides, T. (2015). “Is Restorative Justice appropriate for Domestic Violence cases?”, Special Issue – Restorative Justice – Social Work Review.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). "La Justicia Restaurativa en el tratamiento de disturbios callejeros", 1:2 Herramientas para el cambio desde la gestión del conflicto: Anuario Centro de Mediación, Negociación y Arbitraje de la Universidad Central de Chile, SBN: 978-956-01-0159-4.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). “The Victims’ Directive and What Victims Want from Restorative Justice", Victims and Offenders Journal, DOI 10.1080/15564886.2014.982778

Gavrielides, T. (2014). “Reconciling the Concepts of Restorative Justice and Imprisonment”. Vol. 94: No. 4, The Prison Journal, pp. 479-505.

Gavrielides T. (2014). “Bringing Race Relations into the Restorative Justice Debate”. Vol. 45: No. 3, Journal of Black Studies, pp. 216-246.

Gavrielides, T. (2013). "Mind the Gap: Quality without Equality in Transforming Rehabilitation", British Journal of Community Justice, Vol 11 (2-3), pp. 135-149.

Gavrielides, T (2013). “Where is restorative justice heading?”. Probation Junior Vol 5:1, 79-95.

Gavrielides, T., Topa, S and Ashley, M. (2013). “Universal Human Rights? Looking at multi-cultural Britain and Canada for Pakistan”. Pakistan Journal of Criminology.

Gavrielides, T. (2012). “Contextualising Restorative Justice for Hate Crime”. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260512447575

Gavrielides, T. (2012). "Clergy Child Sexual Abuse & the Restorative Justice Dialogue", 55 (4) Journal of Church and State. 617 - 639, doi: 10.1093/jcs/css041

Gavrielides, T (2012). "Conceptualising & Contextualising Restorative Justice for Hate Crimes". Journal of Social Criminology 1:1.

Gavrielides, T. and V. Artinopoulou (2012). “Violence against women and restorative justice”, Asian Journal of Criminology, Volume 8, Issue 1 , pp 25-40 ISNN 1871-0131.

Gavrielides, T. (2011). “Restorative Practices & Hate Crime: Opening up the debate”. 14:4 Temida, 7- 19. DOI: 10.2298/ TEM1104007G

Gavrielides, T. (2011). “Human Rights in Health and Social Care”. 4:1 Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, pp. 28-38.http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17570981111189560

Gavrielides, T. (2011). “Restorative Practices: From the Early Societies to the 1970s”. Internet Journal of Criminology ISSN 2045-6743 (Online).

Gavrielides, T. and J. Winterdyk (2011). "The fall and rise of restorative justice: a historical account of its notion, practices and possible lessons learned", Vol 2 & 3, Pakistan Journal of Criminology, pp. 107-125.

Gavrielides, T. (2010) Obnavljanje odnosa: zločini iz mržnje i restorativna pravda, vol. 1, broj 1-2, kon-tekst kritički časopis za društvena pitanja teme broja restorativna Pravda, pp. 30.

Gavrielides, T. (2010) “The new politics of community cohesion: Making use of human rights policy and legislation”, Vol 38: 3 Policy & Politics, pp 429-445. ISNN0305 5736.

Gavrielides, T. (2008) “Human rights and customer satisfaction with public services: a relationship discovered”, Vol 12:2 International Journal of Human Rights, pp. 187-202. ISSN 1364-2987 (print) 1744-053.

Gavrielides, T. (2008) “Restorative justice: the perplexing concept. Conceptual fault lines and power battles within the restorative justice movement” 8:2 Criminology and Criminal Justice Journal, 165-183. ISSN 1748–8958.

Gavrielides Theo (2005) “Some Meta-theoretical Questions for Restorative Justice”, 18:1 Ratio Juris, pp. 84-106. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9337.2005.00287.x

Gavrielides, T. (2005) “Human Rights vs. Political Reality: The Case of Europe’s Harmonising Criminal Justice Systems”, 5:1 International Journal of Comparative Criminology, pp. 60-84. ISSN 1201-9607.

Gavrielides T. and D. Coker (2005) “Restoring Faith: Resolving the Catholic Church’s Sexual Scandals through Restorative Justice”, 8:4 Contemporary Justice Review, pp. 345-365. ISSN 1028–2580 (print) /ISSN 1477–2248 (online).

Gavrielides, T. (2004) “Global Restorative Justice: Averting the Middle Age Crisis. Looking into the Discrepancy Between the Restorative Theory and Practice”, 4:2 International Journal of Comparative Criminology, pp. 263-275. ISSN 1201-9607.

Gavrielides, T. (2003) “Restorative Justice: Are we there yet? Responding to the Home Office’s Consultation Questions”, 14:4, Criminal Law Forum, pp. 385-419. 1046-8374 (Print) 1572-9850.


Chapters in Books


Gavrielides, T. (Forthcoming in 2017). “European democracy in crisis: Building a bridge between participatory and cross-sectoral youth-led policy” in Nico, M. et al. (Eds). Needless in Haystacks: Finding a way for cross sectoral youth policy. Youth Knowledge Book Series. Youth Partnership. Strasbourg: Council of Europe and European Union.

Gavrielides, T. (Forthcoming in 2017), “An alternative criminal justice vision and practice for race equality”, in Ugwudike, P, Raynor, P. and Annison, J. (Eds.) Effective criminal justice skills: a compendium of international perspectives. Bristol: Policy Press. 

Gavrielides, T. (Forthcoming in 2016). “Structured & Unstructured Restorative Justice: The case of violence against women” in Halder, D. and Jaishankar, K. (Eds). Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Overcoming Violence Against Women, Pensilvania: IGI Global Publications.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). “A Human Rights Vision of Restorative Justice: Moving Beyond Labels", in Gavrielides, T. Offenders no More, New York: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-63483-681-4.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). "Ανάλυση κόστους – ωφέλειας της Επανορθωτικής Δικαιοσύνης: Νέοι ορίζοντες για τις ποινικές επιστήμες και τις φυλακές" in Courakis, N. (Eds) Τιμητικοί Τόμοs - Έγκλημα και Ποινική Καταστολή σε εποχή κρίσης. Τιμητικός Τόμος Καθηγητή Νέστορα Κουράκη, Εκδόσεις Αντ. Ν. Σάκκουλα, ISBN: 978-960-15-2764-2.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). “Breaking the Mould: Dealing with “Group Offenders” and Riots Through Restorative Justice", in Gavrielides, T. Offenders no More, New York: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-63483-681-4.

Gavrielides, T. (2015), “Conceptualising and Contextualising Restorative Justice for Hate Crime”, in DeKeseredy, W. and Leonard, L. (Eds). CRIMSOC Report 4: Gender, Victimology & Restorative Justice, “pp. 197-230, ISBN. 978-1512255898.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). “The Sceptic and the Believer: The Psychology of Restorative Justice” in Gavrielides, T. (Eds). The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, ISBN  978-1-4724-5530-7

Worth, P., Gavrielides, T., Smith, M., Ntziadima, A., Gouseti, I. (2015), “The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Creating the inner and outer space for change: An observation of Restorative Justice meetings” in Gavrielides, T. (Eds). The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within.Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, ISBN  978-1-4724-5530-7.

Gavrielides, T. (2014) "Moving Beyond Frail Democracy: Youth-led youth studies and social policy" in (Eds) Kelly, P. and Kamp A., A Critical Youth Studies for the 21st Century, Leiden, Boston: BRILL.

Gavrielides, T. and Worth, P (2014). “Another push for restorative justice: Positive psychology & offender rehabilitation” in Crime: International Perspectives, Socioeconomic Factors and Psychological Implications", New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Gavrielides, T. (2013). “How firm are the theoretical foundations of restorative justice?” in (Ed) Pitsela, E. and Simeonidou-Kastanidou, Restorative Justice in Criminal  Matters: Towards a European Perspective, Sakkoulas Publications: Athens, Thessaloniki, 273.

Gavrielides, T. (2013). “Restorative Pain: A new vision of punishment” in Gavrielides, T. and V. Artinopoulou (Ed). Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy, Ashgate Publishing: Furnham, UK, 311-337.

Artinopoulou, V. and Gavrielides, T. (2013). “Aristotle on restorative justice: Where the restorative justice and human rights movements meet” in Gavrielides, T. and V. Artinopoulou (Ed). Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy, Ashgate Publishing: Furnham, UK, 25-47.

Gavrielides, T. and Artinopoulou, V. (2013). “Prolegomena: Restorative justice philosophy through a value-based methodology”, in Gavrielides, T. and V. Artinopoulou (Ed). Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy, Ashgate Publishing: Furnham, UK, 3-25.

Gavrielides, T. and Artinopoulou, V. (2013). “Epilogue: Reconstructing restorative justice philosophy” in Gavrielides, T. and V. Artinopoulou (Ed). Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy, Ashgate Publishing: Furnham, UK, 337-353.

Gavrielides, T. (2012) "Clergy sexual abuse: the restorative justice option" in (Ed) K.V Wormer & L. Walker Restorative Justice Today: Applications of Restorative Interventions, Sage: California.

Gavrielides, T. (2012) "Using the Human Rights Framework to Drive Criminal Justice Services: Addressing the issue of over-representation" in (Eds) K.P. Sviensson, Criminal Justice v. Racial Justice: Minority Ethnic overrepresentation in the criminal justice system, London: Runnymede. ISBN: 978-1-906732-78-3.

Gavrielides, T. (2012). “Bridging Restorative Justice and Human Rights for Youth Justice” in Gavrielides, T. (ed). Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice, Whitby: de Sitter Publications, 15-45.

Gavrielides, T. (2012). User‐led Youth Justice Policy: A Participatory Democracy through Restorative Justice and Human Rights in Gavrielides, T. (ed). Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice, Whitby: de Sitter Publications, 397-437.

Gavrielides, T. (2010) “Foreword” in Artinopoulou Vassiliki (ed) Η Επανορθωτική Δικαιοσύνη – Η Πρόκληση των σύγχρονων δικαιικών συστημάτων, Νομική Βιβλιοθήκη: Athens. ISBN 978-960-272-754-6

Gavrielides, T. (2010) “A comparative approach to equality and diversity: Lessons from the UK legal system” in D. King & J. Winterdyk (ed) Inequality, diversity and Canadian Justice, Whitby: ON de Sitter Publications.  ISBN:978-1897160329.

Gavrielides, T. (2009) “Lessons from abroad: Equality and Diversity in the UK justice system” in D. King & J. Winterdyk (ed) Inequality, diversity and Canadian justice, Nelson Education: Canada. ISBN: 978-0-17-646623-7.

Gavrielides, T. (2007) “Deconstructing ‘justice’ and reconstructing ‘fairness’ in a convergent European justice system: an Aristotelian approach to the question of representation of justice in Europe”, in A. Masson (ed), Representation of Justice in Europe, PIE Peter Lang: Brussels. ISBN 978-90-5201-349-7.


Government, Parliamentary and other reports


Gavrielides, T. et al (2015). Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence: A Practitioners' Guide. London: IARS Publications.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). “The Truth about Restorative Justice in Prisons”, Special Edition – Prison Service Journal, Gloucestershire: HM Prison Service.

Gavrielides, T., N. Ntziadima and I. Gouseti. (2015). Evaluating Social Action for Rehabilitation, London: RJ4All Publications. ISBN: 978-1-907641-32-9.

Gavrielides, T. (2014). "Equality Matters in Probation", Issue 1 Probation Quarterly. London: Probation Institute.

Gavrielides, T. (2013). “Five Ways to Kill Innovation for Restorative Justice, Inspiring Innovation, Toronto: Correctional Services of Canada. / Cinq façons de mettre fin à l’innovation dans le domaine de la justice réparatrice.

Gavrielides, T. (2011). Drawing together research, policy and practice for restorative justice, London: IARS Publications.

Gavrielides, T. (2010) “Restoring relationships: hate crime and restorative justice” in European best practices of restorative justice in the criminal procedures: Budapest conference 2009, European Union: Hungary.

Netto, G. and T. Gavrielides (2010) "Linking Black and minority ethnic organisations with mainstream homeless service providers", 15 Briefing Paper, London: Race Equality Foundation.

Gavrielides, T. (2009). The Needs of the Youth-led Sector During the Economic Downturn, London: The IARS International Institute. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4192.1046.

Rea, L. and T. Gavrielides (2009) “Restoring victims and communities” (16 May) Freedom From Fear Magazine, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute: Italy.

Gavrielides, T. (2009) "Review by human rights specialist of Improving Health , Supporting Justice: A National Delivery Plan" in Department of Health Equality Impact Assessment of Improving Health, Supporting Justice, Department of Health: London. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2756.5525

Gavrielides, T. et al (2008) Restoring Relationships: Addressing hate crime through restorative justice and multi-agency partnerships¸ ROTA: London. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2494.4086

Gavrielides, T. et al (2007) The Visible and Hidden Dimensions of London’s Homelessness: A Black, Asian and minority ethnic account, ROTA: London. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1970.1207

Gavrielides, T. (2007) The Human Rights of older people in healthcare, Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights: London. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3109.3209

Gavrielides, T. (2007) The contribution of equality groups to London’s economy: A BAME – LGBT case study, London: Race on the Agenda.

Firmin, C., Turner, R. and Gavrielides, T. (2007). Empowering young people through human rights values: Fighting the knife culture, London: Race on the Agenda. 

Gavrielides, T. (2007). Community Reassurance: The Role of London Voluntary and Community Sector: London: Independent Academic Research Studies. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1826.9209

Gavrielides, T. (2007). The Commission for Equality and Human Rights and London Voluntary and Community Sector: London: Race on the Agenda.DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2613.3525

Gavrielides, T. (2006). Human Rights Insight Project Stage 1 Report: Consumers: Reviewing the evidence on human rights awareness and experiences of consumers of public services: Building a human rights culture, Department for Constitutional Affairs: London. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3633.6088

Gavrielides, T. (2006) Human Rights through the Education, Information and Advice Strategy, Department for Constitutional Affairs: London. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1798.6006


Book Reviews


Gavrielides. T. (2016). Review of “Hate crime and Restorative Justice”, Walters, M.A (2014). Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, ISSN 2056-2985.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). Review of (2014). The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice by Vernon C. Kelly and Margaret Thorsborne, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, ISSN 2056-2985.

Gavrielides, T. (2014). Review of (2014). Restorative Justice in Transition. New York: Routledge by Clamp, K., New York: Routledge, Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, ISSN 2056-2985.

Gavrielides, T. (2014). Review of (2009) Youth Justice in Practice: Making a Difference by Whyte, B., Bristol: Policy Press, Youth Voice Journal, ISSN 2056-2969.

Gavrielides. T. (2014). Review of (2012) Gender Equality in the Welfare State? by Pascall, G., Bristol: Policy Press, Youth Voice Journal, ISSN 2056-2969.

Gavrielides, T. (2014). Review of (2010) Restorative Justice & Violence Against Women by J. Ptacek, Oxford: OUP, Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, ISSN 2056-2985.

Gavrielides, T. (2014). Review of (2011). Injustice: why social inequality persists by Dorling, D., Bristol: Policy Press, Youth Voice Journal, ISSN 2056-2969.

Gavrielides, T. (2013). Review of (2010) Debating Restorative Justice by Chris Cunneen and Carolyn Hoyle, Oxford – Portland Oregon: Hart Publishing, Vol 1: 2 International Journal of Restorative Justice, pp. 294-297(4), ISSN 2050-4721.

Gavrielides, T. (2013) Review of (2012) Youth Participation in Europe by Loncle, P, Cuconato, M. Muniglia, V. and Walther, A., Bristol: Policy Press, Youth Voice Journal, ISSN 2056-2969.

Gavrielides, T. (2011). Review of the book Social Cohesion and Counter Terrorism, by Husband, C. & Y. Alam, Bristol: Policy Press, Asian Journal of Criminology, DOI: 10.1007/s11417-012-9138-y.

Gavrielides, T. (2011). Review of Hate crime: concepts, policy, future directions, by N. Chakraborti, Devon: Willan Publishing, Asian Journal of Criminology. DOI: 10.1007/s11417-011-9103-1.