EFRJ Newsflash
March 2019 (I)

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EFRJ Symposium Bilbao 2019
Get to know our speakers of the international Symposium in Bilbao, check the draft programme and register now: we expect about 200 professionals from the field engaging in dialogues, interactive sessions and much more to work together on the implementation of the newly adopted CoE Recommendation on RJ in criminal justice matters. If you wish to contribute to the program, you can send your proposal before 12 April. The EFRJ membership will meet for its Annual General Meeting in the evening of 4 June.

EFRJ membership updates! 

Currently the EFRJ counts on 55 organisations and 358 individuals committed in further developing RJ in their country.  Since last July, 48 new members applied to join our community: their membership will be formally approved at the next Annual General Meeting (Bilbao, 4 June). Here, we are happy to welcome the organisations who recently applied to the EFRJ membership:

Click here to know more about all our organisational members! If you wish to join the EFRJ network, or renew your membership 2019, click on this link!

Criminal Justice Summer Course
Registrations are open to participate in the 3rd Criminal Justice Summer Course organized by the Criminal Justice Platform Europe. This year the focus will be on “Criminal Justice in a Polarized Society”. Our workshop leaders will be Gian Luigi Lepri (Psicolus, Rome) and Hugh Campbell (University of Ulster, Belfast), delivering a training based on case studies and practical tools for conflict transformation, dialogue and social inclusion. Register now!
Conference on restoration, victims and prisons
Our Board member Bart Claes will be presenting on RJ practices in prison and desistance from crime at the annual conference of the Dutch Council of Criminal Justice and Child Protection (Nieuwegein, Netherlands, 4 April). Non-Dutch speakers can listen to Bart’s experience at the EFRJ Symposium in Bilbao!
Conference on criminology and democratic politics
Our Board member Brunilda Pali will be one of the speakers at the international conference ‘Criminology and Democratic Politics’ (KU Leuven, 24-25 April). The program is online and the registration is open. In honour of the 90th anniversary of criminology (1929-2019) at KU Leuven, the Faculty of Law will confer an honorary doctorate on Professor Richards Sparks (University of Edinburgh) on 25 April.
Interview with Ian Marder
Ian Marder, an active member of the EFRJ and  invited speaker at the international Symposium in Bilbao, was interviewed for apodcast for Decarceration Nation, a programme on radically re-imagining America’s criminal justice system. Ian was interviewed about his research and active work in further developing RJ practices in Europe. 
The Little Book of Race and RJ
In April, ”The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing and US Social Transformation” will be released. The book is written by Fania Davis and will inform scholars and practitioners on racial inequity and the healing offered by RJ practices. You can find more information or pre-order the book online. Get inspired by Fania’s plenary speech at the last EFRJ conference in Tirana.
Report on victim support service
The Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support (MDTF-JSS) in partnership with Victim Support Europe created the report “Ensuring Quality of Victim Support Services in Serbia“. The report proposes a set of tailored standards for Serbian victim support providers.
UK RJ Council vacancy
The Restorative Justice Council, independent membership body working on RJ in the UK, is seeking a new CEO. The chief executive will lead the RJC, having the opportunity to influence the development of restorative practices at a local and national level. The vacancy is online: the deadline for applications is 21 March.
Moment of inspiration

The blog Restorotopias has a new inspiring conversation between Kris Vanspauwen and EFRJ board member Brunilda Pali. Kris is the former director of the EFRJ, senior mediator in the Flemish RJ service Moderator, associate researcher at the KU Leuven Institute of Criminology and special friend of the EFRJ community. Enjoy reading this life journey into the RJ world, from research to practice to policy and not only.