School of Law

Community of Restorative Researchers: Inaugural Conference

A dialogue on the roles of state and non-state actors in delivering and regulating restorative justice practices in contemporary Britain.

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Date: 7 July 2015

Time: Registration and lunch begin at 12:45, while the first talk begins at 13:30. The conference closes at 18:05. 

The Community of Restorative Researchers is an international, interdisciplinary and interprofession research network. This free, half-day conference is its inaugural event.

The purpose of the conference is to promote an open and critical dialogue between restorative justice researchers, policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders in the UK. Such a dialogue is essential if we wish to achieve the twin goals of maximising the potential benefits from, and minimising the risks presented by, the implementation of restorative approaches to crime, harm and conflict.

Lunch will be served from 12:45, followed by an introductory talk at 13:30, two panels and a keynote, before the conference closes at 18:05.

The organisers will arrange a meal at a restaurant after the conference – please let us know if you would like to attend this meal.

The event is kindly being hosted and funded by the University of Leeds’ School of Law and Centre for Criminal Justice Studies.

Event location

Moot Court Room
Liberty Building
University of Leeds

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map.

12:45 – Lunch and registration

13:30 – Introductory talk

Ian Marder - PhD Student, University of Leeds; Founder, Community of Restorative Researchers

14:00 – Discussion Panel - The involvement of non-state actors in developing, delivering and regulating restorative practices in contemporary Britain, with:

Jon Collins - CEO, Restorative Justice Council

Gary Stephenson - CEO, Restorative Solutions CIC

Andrew Hancock - Restorative Justice Coordinator, Darlington Neighbourhood Resolution

Chaired by Roxana Willis - PhD Student, University of Oxford

15:00 – Break

15:30 – Discussion Panel - The involvement of state actors in developing, delivering and regulating restorative practices in contemporary Britain, with:

Ellie Acton - National Policing Manager for Restorative Justice

Nicola Preston - Primary School Teacher; Lecturer, International Institute of Restorative Practices; Senior Restorative Justice Practitioner, Thames Valley Partnership

Professor Jonathan Doak - Durham Law School, Durham University

Chaired by Elizabeth Tiarks - Ph.D. student, Durham University; Co-founder, North-East Crime Research Network

16:3016:45 - Break

16:45 - 18:00 - Keynote and Discussion - Creating Restorative Collaborations

Deborah MitchellPh.D. student, University of Exeter; Criminal Justice Lead, RJ Working CIC; former Probation Manager, Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust

18:00 - 18:05 – Conference close

Those who are able to stay for a meal after the conference are encouraged to do so.


This event is now at capacity, but if you would like to be placed onto a reserve list please register for this event and we'll be in touch should any spaces come up.

If you have registered but find that you are unable to make it, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to another person.

For further information, please email Ian Marder.

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