March 2018 (III)
Special edition Conference Tirana #EFRJ2018
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Claudia is Professor of Criminal Law in the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan and one of the facilitators in a ten-year long restorative process with victims and former members of Italian armed groups active in political violence during the Seventies and Eighties. In her plenary speech, Claudia will propose to expand the legal theory imagination thanks to the contribution of restorative justice seen as the most concrete, and fascinating, vision of challenging not only penal systems but criminal law itself. Two images, drawn from Claudia’s most recent philosophical passions and personal experiences, will guide her reflections: the straight lines of ‘rights’ (the law) and the circles of (restorative) justice; the linear ‘ought to’ and the crooked stories and narratives of people, especially those confronted with injustices; the square provisions of the ‘general’ norm and the twisted elements of the ‘particular’ case. With the help of the audience, Claudia will try to deepen her insight as regards ways of reconciling the necessary straightforwardness of the (criminal) law according to the rule of law and the principle of legality, with the necessary circular shape of (restorative) justice, which leans towards human beings who face each others from inside the circles.
Fania is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, and restorative justice practitioner and scholar. Fania’s plenary presentation will trace her unique journey beginning with a childhood of racial terror and segregation in the southern United States and the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing. These early experiences crystallized within Fania, as well as within her sister, iconic social justice activist Angela Davis, a deep passion for justice, leading to lifetimes of activism. Fania also became a human rights trial attorney. After almost three decades of angrily fighting injustice as a trial lawyer and activist, she became ill. Intuiting she needed more healing energies in her life to restore balance, Fania shut down her law practice and enrolled in a graduate program in Indigenous Studies. After studying with African healers and receiving her Ph.D., she discovered restorative justice – a justice that heals harm instead of reproducing it. She also co-founded and for ten years directed the nationally-acclaimed non-profit, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth. Fania’s plenary will reflect on the evolution of her ideas about justice as they relate both to her personal history and to the collective history of the United States.
Moment of inspiration
Remember the booklet Restorative Imagination: Artistic Pathways we launched on the occasion of the RJ Week 2017? Many of the authors will be joining us in Tirana, presenting on the theatricality of human drama in RJ, and on the importance of co-creation and gift-making in restorative juvenile justice cases, or simply on other topics which go beyond the intersections between arts and RJ. The draft programme of the workshop sessions will be online in April!