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Featured Books by Theo Gavrielides

Gavrielides, T. (2024). The RJ4All Restorative Justice Practice Framework Values, definitions & statutory compliance. London: RJ4All Publications.

The RJ4All Restorative Justice Framework is an up-to-date guide in implementing restorative justice through its practices of victim-offender mediation, circles, conferences and restorative justice boards. It applies to both direct and indirect restorative justice whether conducted face-to-face, or online. The e-book provides key definitions, framing restorative justice practice within international and national statutory regulations. 

Gavrielides, T et al (2024). Developing a framework for social care nurses: enhanced or advanced practice? A Triangulated study of primary and secondary evidence. London: RJ4All Publications.


A series of three publications has been published that form part of a larger programme that was conducted in October 2023 – April 2024. The programme aimed to develop a framework for advanced or enhanced practice in nursing in social care settings in the United Kingdom. The research of the overall programme is structured around three phases. Phase 1 involved comprehensive desk-based research to establish a baseline for subsequent investigations. Phase 2 was based on original fieldwork that involved 13 in-depth, semi-structured interviews and 2 semi-structured focus groups. Phase 3 undertook triangulation of findings from both secondary and primary research by juxtaposing results across phases and consulting 4 key stakeholders from BHSCA and BNU including also the analysis of an online survey which was completed by 171 practitioners and educators.

Gavrielides, T. et al. (2023) Repositioning the victim in criminal justice: a restorative justice evidence-based offer, London: RJ4All Publications.

Following fierce campaigning by victims’ groups, the international community has entered into a debate that aims to move the victim from the margins to the centre of the criminal justice system. For the first time, restorative justice is explicitly regulated at the European Union legal level, as a “Victims’ Directive” aims to establish a baseline for its safe implementation across member states. This ground-breaking and timely edited collection aims to contribute to this international debate. The book aims to challenge current thinking while highlighting good practices that respect and safeguard victims in justice processes. 


Velez, G. and Gavrielides, T (2022). Restorative Justice: Promoting Peace and Wellbeing, New York: Springer


This timely collection of chapters written by international experts bridges the gap between peace psychology and restorative justice. The Editors combined their respective fields of expertise to start a much-needed debate on the potential but also risks that are associated when implementing restorative justice in the peace psychology field. The volume highlights how psychological theory and research can inform and evaluate the potential of restorative practices in formal and informal educational settings as well as the criminal justice space. The chapters cover both negative and positive peace across levels while introducing the reader to various case studies from across the world. All in all, the book explores how restorative justice can promote positive peace through its connection fostering dialogue, empathy, forgiveness, and other key psychological elements of peace.

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Gavrielides, T. (2021). Race, Power and Restoration: The restorative dialogue we will not have Abingdon: Routledge


We are living in a world where power abuse has not only become the new norm, but also the biggest driver of persistent inequalities, racism and human rights violations. As humanity is getting to grips with socio-economic consequences that can only be compared with those that followed World War II, this timely book challenges current thinking, while creating a much needed normative and practical framework for revealing and challenging the power structures that feed our subconscious feelings of despair and defeatism.


Structured around the four concepts of power – race – justice – restorative justice, the book uses empirical new data as well as normative analysis to reconstruct the way we prevent and control power abuse and harm at the inter-personal, inter-community and international levels. Gavrielides’ new monograph offers new lenses that allow us to view power, race and justice in a modern reality where communities have been silenced, but through restorative justice are gaining power. The monograph is enriched with twenty-five case studies written by victims, practitioners and those with direct experiences of power abuse and inequality. Through robust research methodologies, Gavrielides reveals new forms of slavery, while creating a new, philosophical framework for restorative punishment through the acknowledgement of pain and the use of catharsis for internal transformation and individual empowerment. This is a powerful book that generates much needed hope.


Gavrielides, T. (2021). Comparative Restorative Justice. New York: Springer.


Comparative Criminal Justice has been the topic of investigation for decades. This ground breaking book introduces and defines the concept of "Comparative Restorative Justice". The edited collection takes the first step in presenting evidence of restorative justice theory and practice comparatively. The book’s aim is to compare the implementation and theoretical development of restorative justice using three different criteria that also reflect the volume’s structure.


First, it compares restorative practices in relation to their implementing environment let that be cultural, political or societal. Second, it looks at obstacles and enablers in relation to the criminal justice system and whether inquisitorial versus adversarial jurisdictions impact on how restorative justice is regulated and implemented. Finally, Part III compares the reasons that drive governments, regional bodies and practitioners to implement restorative justice and whether these impetuses impact on ultimate delivery.

Gavrielides, T. (2018). The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice, London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-4724-8070-5


"This book is perhaps the most comprehensive and certainly the most up-to-date collection on restorative justice" Professor John Braithwaite 

Now, in its second generation, restorative justice is not a wild dream:  it is a reality, and I for one am energized by the new and younger voices that are emerging. Much appreciation to Theo Gavrielides, himself a representative of this new generation, for leading the way through this Handbook" Professor Howard Zehr 

Gavrielides, T. (2015). The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within. Furham: Ashgate Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4724-5530-7


This ground-breaking collection dares to take the next step in the advancement of an autonomous, inter-disciplinary restorative justice field of study. It brings together criminology, social psychology, legal theory, neuroscience, affect-script psychology, sociology, forensic mental health, political sciences, psychology and positive psychology to articulate for the first time a psychological concept of restorative justice.

Gavrielides, T. (2015). Offenders no More: An Interdisciplinary Restorative Justice Dialogue. New York: Nova Publishing. ISBN 978-1-63483-681-4 


A timely edited collection that aims to respond to international calls for penal reform by bringing together inter-disciplinary thinking from criminology, affect-script psychology, sociology, political sciences and human rights, psychology and positive psychology, design and arts and social work. The inter-disciplinary dialogue that this book promotes aims to advance the restorative justice field, its tools, practices and evaluation techniques by bringing rehabilitation theory into the restorative justice debate, and vice versa.

Gavrielides, T. and V. Artinopoulou (2013). Reconstructing the Restorative Justice Philosophy, Furnham: Ashgate Publishing ISBN 978-1-4094-7071-7.


This book takes bold steps in forming much-needed philosophical foundations for restorative justice through deconstructing and reconstructing various models of thinking. It challenges current debates through the consideration and integration of various disciplines such as law, criminology, philosophy and human rights into restorative justice theory, resulting in the development of new and stimulating arguments.

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