Open call for manuscripts

Special Issue “Ambitions and Critiques of Restorative Justice Post COVID19”

A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Theo Gavrielides Website
Guest Editor
Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) International Institute and IARS International Institute, 14 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 2XU
Interests: restorative justice; criminal justice; human rights; youth justice and policy; user-led research methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your interest in this Special Issue on ambitions and critiques of restorative justice. Independently of where you are, we are all living in unprecedented times, and life will never be the same. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed not only how we work with others and deliver services, but also our very way of living. The changes that should be anticipated in relation to justice and criminal justice will be unprecedented. Whether for financial, political or health and safety-related reasons, criminal justice institutions such as prisons, courts and probation must be reviewed.

Restorative justice has appeared in many forms around the world, with some jurisdictions welcoming it through their formal justice systems and legislation. Others continue to see it as a community-led practice that should be offered for trivial or minor harms. As the evidence is still accumulating and the debate on the contribution of restorative justice continues, this Special Issue will look back but also into the future to identify key critiques and ambitions for its theory and practice.

This Special Issue will reflect on both normative and practical matters. Practitioners and users of restorative and criminal justice, as well as researchers and scholars, are invited to submit their work. Critical perspectives, whether based on solid normative reasoning or empirical evidence, will be especially welcomed. We are particularly interested in views that explore the role of restorative justice in future policymaking and justice practice, whether within or outside the criminal justice system. Research papers, opinion pieces, commentaries, proceedings and book reviews related to the topic will all be considered.

Dr. Theo Gavrielides
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Laws is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.