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Gavrielides, T. (2018). Equality Matters for Restorative Justice, London: RJ4All Publications. ISBN 978-1-911634-03-4.


Restorative justice was brought back into the modern world of policy, research and practice in response to a growing disappointment from our criminal justice systems especially in relation to how it treats vulnerable groups such as those experiencing discrimination due to their race, gender, age etc. Therefore, it is surprising why equality hasn’t featured more prominently in the restorative justice discourse. This is what the Editor calls the ‘paradox of restorative justice’, and the battle field where the future of restorative justice will be fought.


This edited collection of papers written by leading equality and restorative justice scholars aims to bring to the restorative justice debate a new dimension that is yet to be explored in its own right. This refers to issues surrounding equality and restorative justice both at the normative and empirical levels. Through an evidence-based approach, case studies from around the world are presented to develop a narrative and a practical tool for considering equality matters when applying or thinking about restorative justice. Particular emphasis was given on gender and domestic violence, Indigenous peoples, gender equality and prisoners.


Dr. Theo Gavrielides is the Founder and Director of The IARS International Institute and the Restorative Justice for All institute; Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Restorative Justice of Simon Fraser University and a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University. He has published extensively in the areas of human rights, restorative justice and youth justice.


“This is an important and timely collection... It traverses a great diversity of specific and crucial issues from restorative practices in prisons to deinstitutionalising the stigma of criminal conviction.


Perhaps the single most impressive feature that distinguishes this collection from others on restorative justice is that it corrects the usual focus on North America, Western Europe and the Antipodes with learnings from Central and Southern Europe. Many of these Central European and Mediterranean lessons are profound ones that can greatly enrich the predominantly North Atlantic restorative debate."


Professor John Braithwaite, Australian National University

Equality Matters for Restorative Justice

  • Preface

    John Braithwaite, Australian National University (Australia)


    Introductions & Acknowledgements

    Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of The IARS International Institute and the Restorative Justice for All institute (UK); Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Restorative Justice of Simon Fraser University (Canada; Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University (UK).


    Comparing indigenous to current frameworks of restorative justice and rights

    Pat Lauderdale, Faculty of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University (USA)

    Annamarie Oliverio, Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University, Founder and Director of the Social Research Institute (USA)


    Partnership Violence and Restorative Justice: Lessons from Austria

    Christa Pelikan, Institut für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie - Institute for Sociology of Law and Criminology (Austria)


    Violence against women and Restorative Justice: Comparative Lessons from the UK and Greece

    Theo Gavrielides

    Vaso Artinopoulou, Professor of Criminology and former Vice-Rector, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece)


    Restorative justice and the right to move on from the stigma of a criminal conviction

    Rod Earle, Lecturer in Youth Justice Dept. of Health and Social Care, The Open University, (UK)

    Alison Wakefield, Senior Lecturer, Director, Security Institute, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth (UK)


    Young females in custody and restorative justice: Lessons from Greece

    Vaso Artinopoulou


    Talks behind the walls: restorative encounters in prison settings

    Borbala Fellegi, Executive Director Foresee Research Group (Hungary)

    Dóra Szegő, Researcher Foresee Research Group (Hungary

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