Symposium: “From Penal Mediation to Restorative Justice”

06/05/2019 – 06/06/2019
Auditorium. Avenida de las Universidades 24 48007 Bilbao
The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ), together with the Basque Government’s Labour and Justice Department and the University of Deusto will be holding a two-day Symposium entitled “From Criminal Mediation to Restorative Justice”, presented in a very practical and participatory format that makes it especially attractive. The symposium will be held in English but there will be translation into Spanish in the plenary sessions and workshops in Spanish.

You will find further information in the following link:

The event will also have the presentation of the new Basque Restorative Justice (RJ) Service, framed in Recommendation CM / Rec (2018) 8 of the Council of Europe to the Member States on restorative justice approved on 3 October 2018. We will have facilitators and experts in Restorative Justice from all over Europe and we will have the opportunity to learn with them and share our experiences and practices. Here are some of them:

Also, to make this event even more attractive, there will be a performance of “La mirada del otro” by the Project 43-2 Theatre Company the spectacular La Alhóndiga- Azkuna Zentroa center of contemporary culture and
and art on 5 October at 20:30, after a standing dinner. The work is based on restorative encounters between ETA prisoners and victims that took place in the Nanclares prison (Araba). The theatre group has been trained in Restorative Justice and they also provide training and contribute an artistic vision in which the European Forum has also been involved. In addition, in the subsequent debate we will have Esther Pascual, a mediator who was responsible for the team of mediators who carried out these meetings, together with actress and playwright María San Miguel and the expert in Restorative Justice and victimology Gemma Varona, who have collaborated together exploring the possibilities of art and Restorative Justice.

For all these reasons, we invite you to attend this event that is expected to be highly attended and that will place Southern European countries at the forefront of Restorative Justice.


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