September 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am – September 19, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Weetwood Hall, Leeds
Leeds LS16 5PS


18th & 19th September 2017

As a part of the Thirtieth Anniversary celebrations of Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) the University of Leeds will be hosting a two day conference to bring together international experts, scholars and practitioners to showcase research, practice and theorising about future direction and new advances in restorative justice.

Day One of the conference will explore conclusions from recently completed research into restorative justice within policing undertaken by the University of Sheffield and University of Leeds as part of the national Police Knowledge Fund. Speakers from the UK and overseas will help to situate the findings within a wider discussion and debate about possible futures in restorative justice not only in the UK but internationally.

Day Two will broaden the scope to explore findings from international research into the role of restorative justice in transitional societies and inter-group conflicts.

Tickets are available for the full conference, or one day only. An evening meal at Weetwood Hall on the 18th September is also optional until fully booked. Booking is required and can be done using the link in ‘Tickets & Venue’.

Find out more about the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies.


Day 1 – 18th September

9.00 – 9.30am Registration
9.30 – 9.45am Welcome and Introduction – Professor Adam Crawford
9.45 – 11.00am Reframing Restorative Justice for policing Contexts – Dr Kerry Clamp, University of Nottingham

Who’s in Charge? Restorative Policing and Managed Empowerment – Ian Marder, University of Leeds

11.00 – 11.15am Break
11.15 – 12.40pm Forgiveness and Mainstreaming Restorative Justice – Dr Meredith Rossner, London School of Economics

Policing Domestic and Sexual Violence using Restorative Approaches – Professor Clare McGlynn and Professor Nicole Westmarland, Durham University

12.40 – 1.25pm Lunch
1.25 – 4.10pm Restorative Justice in Policing: Implementing Change in Three English Police Forces – Professor Joanna Shapland and Dr Emily Gray, University of Sheffield & Professor Adam Crawford and Daniel Burn, University of Leeds


  • Andy Myhill, College of Policing
  • Chief Constable Mike Barton, Durham Constabulary
  • Christopher Straker, Restorative Justice Council
  • Professor Ivo Aertsen, University of Leuven

Community Praxis: Lesson from Restorative Justice in Education – Dr Brenda Morrison, Simon Fraser University

4.10 – 4.30pm Break
4.30 – 5.30pm The Personal is Political: From Restorative justice to Restorative Communities – Professor Jennifer Llewellyn, Dalhousie University
5.30pm End

Day 2 – 19th September

9.00 – 9.30am Registration
9.30 – 11.00am Restorative Justice in Cases of Historical Institutional Abuse: An Exploration and First Findings – Professor Ivo Aertsen, University of Leuven

The Alternative Research into Intercultural Conflict in Northern Ireland: How it Generated New Understandings on the Theory and Practice of Restorative Justice – Tim Chapman, University of Ulster

11.00 – 11.30am Break
11.30 – 1.15am What do the Public Want from Public Apologies? – Professor Kieran McEvoy, Queen’s University Belfast and Professor Shadd Maruna, University of Manchester

Restorative Justice in a Transitional Justice Context: Sexual Violence as a Case Study – Dr Estelle Zinsstag, University of Leuven

1.15 – 2.15pm Lunch
2.15 – 4.00pm Towards Empowerment : Embedding Agency and Accountability in Restorative Justice – Professor Jonathan Doak, Nottingham Trent University and Professor David O’Mahony, University of Essex

Restorative Justice in Post COnflict Situations: looking for Innovative Intersections in Theory and Practice – Dr Stephan Parmentier, University of Leuven

4.00pm – 4.30pm Concluding Remarks – Professor Adam Crawford, University of Leeds
4.30pm Close

download .pdf programme here

Kerry Clamp is a Professor in Criminology at the University of Nottingham. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in 2010 and also holds degrees from the University of Sheffield and the University of South Africa. Her research agenda focuses on the intersections of restorative justice and transitional justice, and of restorative justice and policing.

Ian D. Marder is a Ph.D. student (School of Law, University of Leeds), and the founder of the Community of Restorative Researchers. In 2015/16, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology, KU Leuven. His current research and teaching focuses primarily on the use of restorative justice within the criminal justice process. He has previously conducted research for the Restorative Justice Council, Restorative Solutions, the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs and Search for Common Ground Maghreb, and is currently acting as Scientific Expert to the Council of Europe’s Council for Penological Co-operation

Meredith Rossner is an assistant professor of criminology in the Law Department at the London School of Economics, and an adjunct fellow at Western Sydney University.  Her research interests include emotions and interactions in criminal justice, criminology theory, restorative justice,  court design and procedure, and juries.  Her book, Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice was published by OUP in 2014.


Nicole Westmarland is Professor of Criminology at Durham University and Director of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse. She has conducted around 40 research projects into men’s violence against women and held a number of advisory positions. She is author of Violence against Women. Criminological perspectives on men’s violences (2015). Follow her @NWestmarland.


Clare McGlynn is a Professor of Law at Durham University in the UK and an expert on laws relating to sexual violence, pornography and image-based sexual abuse. Her research (with Nicole Westmarland) has investigated sexual violence survivors’ understandings of justice, developing the concept of ‘kaleidoscopic justice’ to better explain their diverse justice perspectives. Their work has also considered the possibilities of using restorative justice in cases of sexual violence, as well as recent work revealing the widespread police practice of using ‘out-of-court’ resolutions in cases of domestic abuse. She regularly contributes to media and public debates on sexual violence and restorative justice, working closely with policy-makers, MPs and women’s organisations. She is the co-editor of Rethinking Rape Law: international and comparative perspectives (2010) and Feminist Judgments: from theory to practice (2010) and author of Families and the European Union (2006) and The Woman Lawyer: making the difference (1998).

Joanna Shapland is the Edward Bramley Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Centre for Criminological Research at the University of Sheffield.  The Centre for Criminological Research is a multi-disciplinary Centre conducting high quality research into key criminological subjects. Joanna’s main research interests broadly span victimisation and victimology, restorative justice, desistance and comparative criminal justice and she has published widely on these topics.

Alongside her work for the Police Transformation Fund developing a postgraduate course to train police civilian investigators investigating vulnerabilities offences, she has also recently done work funded by the EU on restorative justice trends worldwide and research for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) on what is quality in probation supervision. Her current research conducted with Professor Crawford (Leeds) explores restorative justice provisions in three UK force areas.

Adam Crawford is Professor of Criminology at the University of Leeds in the UK, and Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute which works to support and enhance the Social Sciences at the University of Leeds by fostering interdisciplinary and international research collaborations. He is also Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership, a collaboration between universities and policing partners in the North of England, established to enable and foster research collaborations that will help address the problems of policing in the 21st century and achieve international excellence in policing research. With Professor Shapland (Sheffield) he is exploring the use of restorative justice in policing. Recent books include Legitimacy and Compliance in Criminal Justice (2013) and International and Comparative Criminal Justice and Urban Governance (2011).

Daniel Burn is a Research Officer in the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. Since 2015, Daniel has worked on the ‘Developing Restorative Policing’ project with Professor Adam Crawford, and colleagues at the University of Sheffield (Professor Joanna Shapland and Dr Emily Gray).

Daniel also works as a researcher on the N8 Policing Research Partnership funded project “Exploring the impacts of police use of body-worn video in incidents of domestic abuse”, led by Stuart Lister, at the University of Leeds.

He has a degree in Sociology and Criminology, from the University of Essex, and a master’s degree in Crime, Deviance and Control, from the LSE.

Dr. Emily Gray is a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield. She recently helped manage a study of Restorative Policing in South Yorkshire and Humberside Police Forces, and undertook a study visit to explore restorative practices in Northern Ireland.  Her wider specialist areas include  youth justice, fear of crime and the long-term impact of political cultures on crime. She is currently undertaking an ESRC-funded using the British Cohort Study to investigate  ‘Crime and Victimisation in the Life-courses of Those Born in 1970’.

Brenda Morrison is the Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice and an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.   She is a social psychologist with field experience in outdoor education, government administration and justice.  She is a fellow with the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute, University of Alberta.

She is a research partner with PREVNet (Promoting Relationships Eliminating Violence Network) and serves on the Board of Smart Justice Canada. She has served on justice reform committees for the Provincial and Federal Ministry of Justice.  In her home community, she is an active board member for the North Shore Restorative Justice Society.

Ivo Aertsen is Full Professor of Criminology at the University of Leuven (Belgium). He holds degrees of psychology, law and criminology from the same university. At the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) he is leading the Research Line on ‘Restorative Justice and Victimology’. His main fields of research and teaching are victimology, penology and restorative justice. Ivo Aertsen has been chair of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) from 2000-2004, and has coordinated COST Action A21 on Restorative Justice research in Europe from 2002-2006. He has been expert for the U.N., the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the European Union. Furthermore, he was appointed as expert to the Belgian Parliamentary Commission on sexual abuse in the church (2010-2011), followed by membership of the Permanent Arbitration Chamber on sexual abuse (2012-2016). Ivo Aertsen was also the academic coordinator of the European FP7-project ‘ALTERNATIVE’ (2012-2016) on developing alternative understandings of justice and security. He also acts as Editor-in-Chief of ‘Restorative Justice: An International Journal’.

Tim Chapman is a visiting lecturer at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, UK. teaching on the Masters programme in Restorative Practices. He has contributed to the development of restorative conferencing in both the voluntary and statutory sectors in Northern Ireland. He spent 25 years working in the Probation Service in Northern Ireland. He played an active part in developing effective practice in the UK particularly through the publication of Evidence Based Practice, written jointly with Michael Hough and published by the Home Office. His ‘Time to Grow’ model for the supervision of young people has influenced youth justice practices especially in Scotland. He has published widely on restorative justice and effective practice and has conducted significant research into restorative justice in Northern Ireland including the ALTERNATIVE project. In 2015 he wrote with Maija Gellin and Monique Anderson A European Model of Restorative Justice with Children and Young People. He is chair of the Board of the European Forum for Restorative Justice.

Kieran McEvoy is Professor of Law and Transitional Justice at the School of Law and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast. He has conducted research in over a dozen conflicted or transitional countries.  He has written or edited six books, a four volume Handbook of Transitional Justice, five special issues and over sixty journal articles and scholarly book chapters. He is Principal Investigator on the ESRC funded project Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past from which this research is drawn.

Shadd Maruna is Professor of Criminology at the University of Manchester. His book Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives was named the Outstanding Contribution to Criminology by the American Society of Criminology in 2001. He was also received awards from the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Economic and Social Research for his impact on penal policy.


Estelle Zinsstag (MSc, PhD) is a Swiss and French national. She has completed her first degree in France and her postgraduate studies in the UK. She is currently an affiliated senior researcher at the Leuven Institute of Criminology (University of Leuven, Belgium) and an associate member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (UK). She is also a founding member and the managing editor of Restorative Justice: An International Journal published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis (UK). While in Leuven as a senior researcher she recently coordinated and was principal investigator on a European Commission Daphne project on sexual violence and restorative justice. Previously she lead an European Commission Action Grant project for the European Forum for Restorative Justice on ‘Conferencing: A way forward for restorative justice in Europe’. She publishes mainly in the field of sexual violence, restorative justice and transitional justice. Most recently she edited a book with Dr Marie Keenan (UCD) on Restorative responses to sexual violence for Routledge (2017) and is currently working on 2 further books on related topics. She has been a visiting fellow at Cornell Law School (USA) and been invited to present her work in the USA, Hong Kong, Iran, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Hungary, the UK, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal.

Jonathan Doak is Professor of Criminal Justice and Associate Dean for Research at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University. He completed his LLB and doctoral studies at Queen’s University Belfast, and has previously taught at Durham University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Ulster.

Jonathan’s main research interests lie in the broad fields of criminal justice and transitional justice. In particular, he has published widely on the rights of victims and survivors, restorative justice and evidential protections for vulnerable witnesses in criminal proceedings. He has considerable experience in working with law reform bodies and non-governmental organisations in seeking to improve the experiences of victims and witnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Currently Jonathan is conducting research into the various ways in which different legal orders have tended to conceptualise issues of reparation and reconciliation. He is also completing a book with David O’Mahony (Essex) on the ‘gap’ between restorative justice theory and practice.

Jonathan is the Editor of the International Journal of Evidence and Proof and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Criminal Law, the British Journal of Community Justice, the Journal of Forensic Research and Crime Studies and the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice.

David O’Mahony is Professor of Law at Essex Law School and Human Rights Centre. His research focuses on the meaning of ‘justice’ in the context of criminal justice systems, with particular sensitivity to the rights of young people and the use of restorative justice and alternative ways of responding to crime. His research is based on analyses of the needs of victims, communities and offenders and he has applied a range of empirical methods to explore concepts of justice, rights and participation in criminal justice. David’s work, together with Jonathan Doak (Nottingham Law School), has informed the development of a distinctive critical theory of restorative justice and its application in criminal justice systems.

His current projects include research applying restorative justice perspectives to the criminalisation of squatting in England and Wales and theorising the role of restorative justice within modern criminal justice. David has published widely in the areas of criminal justice, youth justice, restorative justice and transitional justice. This research has directly impacted on the reform of criminal justice in several jurisdictions.

Stephan Parmentier currently teaches sociology of crime, law, and human rights at the Faculty of Law of the University of Leuven and previously served as the Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Law (2002-2005) and Head of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology (2005-2009). He is a Board member of the Centre for Global Governance Studies at the University of Leuven and a member of the Leuven Mediation Platform. He is also in charge of international relations in criminology at Leuven University and in July 2010 was elected Secretary-General of the International Society for Criminology (re-elected in August 2014). Furthermore, he is on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Centre of Criminology and the International Centre for Transitional Justice (New York).

Over the past quarter century he has been an advisor and consultant to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the Belgian Minister of the Interior, the Belgian Federal Police, the King Baudouin Foundation, and Amnesty International. His research interests include political crimes and transitional justice, human rights and migration, and restorative justice and peacebuilding. Between 1999 and 2002 he served as the vice-president of the Flemish section of Amnesty International.

  1. Kerry Clamp – Reframing restorative justice for policing contexts
  2. Ian Marder – Who’s in control? Restorative policing and managed empowerment
  3. Meredith Rossner – Forgiveness and Mainstreaming Restorative Justice
  4. Clare McGlynn & Nicole Westmarland – Policing Domestic and Sexual Violence Using Restorative Approaches
  5. Joanna Shapland – Restorative justice at the level of the police in England: implementing change
  6. Daniel Burn – Restorative justice at the level of the police in England: Encouraging the use of restorative justice supported by safer schools officers (SSOs)
  7. Adam Crawford & Emily Gray – Restorative justice at the level of the police in England: Comparative lessons
  8. Brenda Morrison – Community Praxis, Lesson from Restorative Justice In Education
  9. Ivo Aertsen – Restorative justice in cases of historical institutional abuse
  10. Tim Chapman – The ALTERNATIVE Research into Intercultural Conflict in Northern Ireland – How it Generated New Understandings on the Theory and Practice of Restorative Justice
  11. Jonathan Doak &David O’Mahony – Towards Empowerment, Embedding agency and accountability in restorative justice
  12. Stephan Parmentier – Restorative Justice in Post-Conflict Situations



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