Training on Restorative Justice, Zagreb, Croatia, 20-21 March 2014

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The European Forum for Restorative Justice, together with Ars Publica, Association of Schools of Social Work in Romania and Center for Peace Studies Za Mirovne Studije, with the support of Pro Training Mediation Romania would like to invite you to a two-day training seminar on ‘Accessibility and Initiation of Restorative Justice.’


Restorative justice brings together all parties with a stake in an offence in order to repair as well as possible the harm that has resulted. This is usually done through practices such as victim-offender mediation, conferencing and others. Research has shown that these practices are effective and that victims and offenders do show an interest when approached with the offer. Despite these findings, practice in most European countries is very limited and small numbers of referrals are being reported, suggesting that the potential of restorative justice is not being reached. Research also suggests that many victims and offenders would like to attend restorative justice processes, even when they are not provided with access to such procedures, and that the number of people who refuse restorative justice procedures is limited.

This training is designed to benefit mediators and facilitators, police officers, public prosecutors, judges, lawyers, victim support workers, probation officers and other interested persons. Authorized mediators from Romania receive 12 professional credits from the National Mediation Council.

The training will provide an interactive platform for understanding the barriers to accessibility, and explore ways of overcoming them. Different methods that can be used to improve our practice so that victims and offenders will be more likely to take advantage of the offer for restorative justice are examined. The goal of the training seminar will be to provide participants with concrete ideas and new skills on how to improve their own practice and cooperation with other stakeholders. Examples of topics addressed are:

(1) Cooperating between referral agencies and restorative justice organisations
(2) Awareness campaigns and marketing victim-offender mediation
(3) Writing the letter to invite participants
(4) The first meeting or telephone call to discuss restorative justice
(5) Changing or implementing legislation and policy

These issues will be examined using experiential and participatory approaches such as discussions, case studies and role-playing. The focus will be on Romania and Croatia, though information on best practices within European countries will also be presented. International presenters will include partners from the project: Eleonore Lind (Sweden), Kjersti Lilloe-Olsen (Norway), Andreea Răduț (Romania), Malini Laxminarayan (Netherlands) și Emanuela Biffi (Belgium).

A maximum of 30 participants can register. Please note that your space is only secure once you have paid and no refunds are possible. To register, or for more information, please send an e-mail to Lucija Kuharic at or Anamaria Szab0 at


Where: European Parliament Information Office, Europe House, A. Cesarca 6, Zagreb, Croatia
When: March 20 and 21, 2014
Working language: English
Costs: 25 euros per person, includes lunches and a dinner.
Transportation and accommodation costs will be covered individually by participants. Organizers can offer information regarding accommodation alternatives close to the venue. The European Forum for Restorative Justice is covering the expenses for the trainers.

Important documents

General Training Invitation Croatia final – RO

Training Schedule Croatia

Trainer Bios Croatia

Registration form – deadline for submission, 9 March 2014

Aproximarea costurilor

Info Croatia


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