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Theo Gavrielides' Biography

Professor Theo Gavrielides (Ph.D) is a legal philosopher and one of the word's leading experts in restorative justice, criminal and youth justice reform and human rights.


He is the Founder and Director of the Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) International Institute, which aims to advance community cohesion and redistribute power through restorative justice. He is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of RJ4All Publications, which is the publishing arm of RJ4All, and RJ4All Sports. He is a qualified Personal Trainer and the Convener of over 30 CPD courses.

He obtained a Doctorate in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD, 2005) and a Masters in Human Rights Law from Nottingham University (LL.M in Human Rights Law, 2000). He graduated from the Faculty of Laws of the National University of Athens.He was admitted to the Bar by the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales and called to the Bar in 2023 (Middle Temple Inn).

Dr. Gavrielides is also a Visiting Professor at the University of East London and a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Youth Voice Journal and Internet Journal of Restorative Justice. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare  for over 10 years. He is an advisor to the European Commission’s Horizon, Erasmus and CERV programmes, and the coordinator of a number of EU funded projects on violent radicalisation, migration, restorative justice, youth and human rights.


In 2001, he founded The IARS International Institute (now named Sculpt), a user-led charity. In 2020, almost 20 years since IARS’ establishment, he stepped down as its Director.

In the past, he served as a Visiting Professorial Research Fellow at Panteion University of Social & Political Science (Greece), as a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (REGNet) of Australian National University, as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology of Simon Fraser University (Canada) and as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University (UK). He has also acted as an advisor to a number of government legal departments including the Chilean and UK Ministries of Justice, the Ministry of Justice of Uruguay, the Mayor of London, the Council of Europe and the British Council in the Middle East.


He also worked at the Ministry of Justice as the Human Rights Advisor of the Strategy Directorate. There, he worked on the Human Rights Insight Project, which aimed to identify strategies that will further implement the principles underlying the Human Rights Act and improve public services. He also advised on the Ministry’s Education, Information and Advice strategy. During 2002-2004, he worked as a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Professor Gavrielides is also active in the community sector having acted as the Chief Executive of Race on the Agenda, a social policy think-tank focusing on race equality. Some of his volunteering roles include being a trustee of the Anne Frank Trust, a Governor at Albion Primary School, an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS), as a Member of the Scrutiny and Involvement Panel of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Independent Advisory Group of the London Criminal Justice Partnership.

In 2021, Professor Gavrielides received The Liberty of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey award as part of the Southwark Civic Awards 2020 for his contribution to the community during difficult times.

Prof. Gavrielides has published extensively on social justice matters and human rights. His 2007 monograph “Restorative Justice Theory and Practice” was published by the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI).

In 2012, he edited  “Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice”, in 2013 he co-edited ‘Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy’ and in 2015 he edited ‘The Philosophy of Restorative Justice’ both published by Ashgate (now Routledge). He also edited ‘Offenders no More’ by NOVA Publishers (2015) and ‘Restorative Justice, The Library of Essays on Justice’ (2015) by Ashgate. Furthermore, he edited  ‘The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice’ (2018), “Comparative Restorative Justice” (2021) by Springer and co-edited (2022). Restorative Justice: Promoting Peace and Wellbeing by Springer. 


In 2021, Gavrielides published his new monograph Power, Race & Justice: The restorative dialogue we won’t have (Routledge), while his new book Addressing Violent Radicalisation and Extremism: A Restorative Justice & Psychosocial Approach is due to be published in 2025 by Springer.


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