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2010. 12. 06

Press Release: Restorative justice is ready to be put to far broader use

On 22nd November, IARS and the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University held an expert seminar titled “Drawing together research, policy and...

2010. 11. 01

This update is part of the monthly information from IARS on the UK activities for the MEREPS project.

The research for the UK MEREPS project is well under way. The desk research is now complete for the development of the discussion guides and questionnaires for the qualitative fieldwork which is due to take place November 2010 - February 2011. The fieldwork will focus on young victims and...

2010. 09. 27

This update is part of the monthly information provided by IARS on its UK based activities and project for the larger EU funded MEREPS.

September was a busy month for the MEREPS UK project. Dr. Gavrielides attended the European Society of Crimonology annual conference that was held in Liege. There, he presented the interim findings of the UK based MEREPS project and carried out fieldwork with leading proponents of restorative...

2010. 08. 29

Dr. Theo Gavrielides will be presenting at the European Society of Criminology annual conference in Liege (8- 11 Sept) the ongoing findings of the research programme on restorative justice with serious cases and post sentencing....

The presentations will focus on Gavrielides' forthcoming publication "Rights and Restoration within youth justice" an edited volume of 18 chapters written by leading academics from around the world and due to be published in 2012 by de Sitter Publications (Canada). Findings will...

2010. 08. 29

August was another important month for restorative justice in the UK. Home Office officials and Ministers started to contact projects and organisations delivering restorative justice. The new coalition government took keen...

IARS' UK MEREPS project moves onto the research phase "Using restorative justice with incacerated young people". The UK project is carried out by Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Director and Senior Research Fellow at Open University. It aims to investigate the usage of restorative justice with...

2010. 07. 27

July has seen restorative justice being discussed in the UK Parliament and media. The new coalition's government wish to reduce prisoners' population and find alternative methods of addressing crime put restorative justice back...

This debate was complemented with the publication of a new report "Time for A Fresh Start" encouraging the use of restorative justice with juveniles. The Independent...

2010. 07. 03

On 2nd July 2010, Dr. Gavrielides, IARS Director and project leader for the UK side of the EU funded MEREPS project spoke at the UK College of Mediators conference at South Bank University. The conference titled "Tales from the...

Dr. Gavrielides gave a presentation on restorative justice covering issues such as definitions, cost-benefit analysis of restorative justice as well as the need to push the barriers for mediation and other restorative justice practices. Dr Gavrielides spoke about MEREPS and other innovative...

2010. 06. 28

Research report looking at the use of restorative justice with hate crime offences.

Unfortunately, many people living in the UK have at some point in their lives had either personal or indirect experience of Hate Crime. A pointless and cruel crime that can not only leave victims with physical scarring but also psychological scarring which can devastate innocent people’s lives.

2010. 06. 28

In September 2009, Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS, UK), Dr. Barabas Tunde (National Institute of Criminology, Hungary) and Lewis Parle (IARS, UK), partners in the MEREPS project publish three papers in Policy and Race Journal.

Click on the links below to download the papers.

2010. 06. 28

IARS, a consortium partner on the MEREPS project launches the project website with regular updates on the UK activities.

IARS, a youth-led social, international think tank based in the UK and registered as a charity has launched a website for the MEREPS project. The website can be accessed via

2010. 06. 28

The last three months have been extremely busy for the UK based project run by IARS for the EU funded Mediation and Restorative Justice in Prison Settings Project (MEREPS). Key updates:

Events & Publications: Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Director, has been invited to speak at a national conference on restorative justice. There, Dr. Gavrielides will be talking about the use of mediation and restorative justice post-sentencing and in prison settings. Furthermore,...

2010. 05. 17

Restorative justice theory and practice was a book published in 2007 by HEUNI and written by Dr. Gavrielides.

The book examines the gap between the theory of restorative justice (RJ) and its application in Europe, the U.S and elsewhere. Data were obtained from four international surveys of RJ practitioners, victims, offenders and policy makers using a combination of qualitative methodologies, including...