1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice

Edited By Theo Gavrielides Copyright 2019
    548 Pages
    by Routledge

    548 Pages
    by Routledge

    This up-to-date resource on restorative justice theory and practice is the literature’s most comprehensive and authoritative review of original research in new and contested areas.

    Bringing together contributors from across a range of jurisdictions, disciplines and legal traditions, this edited collection provides a concise, but critical review of existing theory and practice in restorative justice. Authors identify key developments, theoretical arguments and new empirical evidence, evaluating their merits and demerits, before turning the reader’s attention to further concerns informing and improving the future of restorative justice. Divided into four parts, the Handbook includes papers written by leading scholars on new theory, empirical evidence of implementation, critiques and the future of restorative justice.

    This companion is essential reading for scholars of restorative justice, criminology, social theory, psychology, law, human rights and criminal justice, as well as researchers, policymakers, practitioners and campaigners from around the world.

    Preface and Acknowledgments - Theo Gavrielides

    Foreword - Howard Zehr

    The Future of restorative justice - John Braithwaite


    Chapter 1: Looking at the past of restorative justice: Normative reflections on its future - Carolyn Boyes-Watson

    Chapter 2: Pushing the theoretical boundaries of restorative justice: Non- sovereign justice in radical political and social theories - Giuseppe Maglione

    Chapter 3: Human rights and restorative justice - Ann Skelton

    Chapter 4: Beyond restorative justice: Social justice as a new objective for criminal justice - Nestor E. Courakis and Theo Gavrielides

    Chapter 5: Returning to indigenous traditions of peacemaking and peacekeeping: From Jirga (TDR) to restorative justice (ADR) in Pakistan - Ali Gohar

    Chapter 6: Finding a normative place for a recast restorative principle of peacemaking - Robert E. Mackay

    Chapter 7: Recovery and restorative justice: Systems for generating social justice - Anna Kawalek, Michael Edwards and David Best


    Chapter 8: Victims and offenders' perceptions and experiences of restorative justice: The evidence from London, UK - Theo Gavrielides

    Chapter 9: Victims and restorative justice: Bringing theory and evidence together - Arthur Hartmann

    Chapter 10: Restorative justice and child sexual abuse - Karen J. Terry

    Chapter 11: Complex cases of restorative justice after serious crime: Creating and enabling spaces for those with disability - Jane Bolitho

    Chapter 12: Restorative policing for the 21st century: Historical lessons for future practice - Kerry Clamp

    Chapter 13: Restorative justice and gender differences in intimate partner violence: The evidence - Anne Hayden

    Chapter 14: Evaluating the success of restorative justice conferencing: A values-based approach - Jonathan Doak and David O’Mahony

    Chapter 15: Introducing restorative practice in healthcare settings - Janine Carroll and Dan Reisel

    Chapter 16: Traffic congestion and road rage: A restorative case study to road sharing - Marian Liebmann

    Chapter 17: Restorative justice in universities: Case studies of what works with restorative responses to student misconduct - David R. Karp and Megan Schachter

    Chapter 18: Restorative justice re-entry planning for the imprisoned: An evidence-based approach to recidivism reduction - Lorenn Walker and Janet Davidson

    Chapter 19: Architecture and restorative justice: Designing with values and well-being in mind - Barb Toews


    Chapter 20: Restorative interventions in Chinese communities: Cultural-specific skills and challenges - Dennis S W WONG and Wendy C.Y. Lui

    Chapter 21: Is changing lenses possible? The Chilean case study of integrating restorative justice into a hierarchical criminal justice system - Isabel Ximena González Ramírez

    Chapter 22: Is restorative justice possible through the eyes of lay people? A Polish evidence-based case study - Anna Matczak

    Chapter 23: Restorative justice as a colonial project in the disempowerment of Indigenous peoples - Juan Marcellus Tauri

    Chapter 24: Does Restorative Justice Reduce Recidivism? Assessing Evidence and Claims about Restorative Justice and Reoffending - Ellie Piggott and William Wood

    Chapter 25: Restorative justice compared to what? - Annalise Acorn


    Chapter 26: Restorative justice and the therapeutic tradition: Looking into the future - Gerry Johnstone

    Chapter 27: True representation: The implications of restorative practices for the future of democracy - Ted Wachtel

    Chapter 28: The best is yet to come: Unlocking the true potential of restorative practice - Terry O'Connell

    Chapter 29: The new generation of restorative justice - Carl Stauffer and Johonna Turner

    Chapter 30: Transforming powers and restorative justice - George Pavlich

    Chapter 31: Extending the reach of restorative justice - Martin Wright

    Epilogue: Restorative justice with care and responsibility - Theo Gavrielides


    Theo Gavrielides, PhD, is an international expert in restorative justice, human rights and youth justice. He is the Founder and Director of The IARS International Institute, a user-led NGO that empowers marginalised groups to influence social policy and law internationally. He is also the Founder and Director of the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All) as well as Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology of Simon Fraser University and a visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University. Professor Gavrielides is an expert advisor to the European Commission’s criminal justice and equality projects, and has worked with many governments on justice reforms. He has worked as the Human Rights Advisor of the UK Ministry of Justice as well as a researcher at the London School of Economics, and he is the Principal Investigator of numerous EU, UN and UK funded research programmes.

    Dr. Gavrielides has published extensively in the areas of restorative justice, legal philosophy youth policy, human rights and criminal justice. He is the Editor of numerous collected editions as well as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Youth Voice Journal and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice. He is also the Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.

    'This international Handbook grounds itself in the present and past in order to look to the future. It sets for itself an important but challenging goal: to reflect the state of restorative justice in the early 21st century, including not only developments in theory and practice, but also its essential debates and challenges. This is an important collection for anyone who wants to understand and grapple with 21st century restorative justice.'

    Howard Zehr, Eastern Mennonite University, USA

    'This book is perhaps the most comprehensive and certainly the most up-to-date collection on restorative justice. It goes to some topics rarely addressed in earlier volumes … and embraces a wider range of critiques of restorative justice than most volumes on the subject … Furthermore, in its geographical coverage, this international Handbook is much broader than older collections … We are grateful to Theo Gavrielides for bringing so many voices into the conversation. Many inspiring restorative justice leaders in the past have mobilized convening power toward projects of listening, but none more widely nor in more diverse ways than Theo Gavrielides in recent years.'

    John Braithwaite, Australian National University

    'A decade after the first two "Handbooks of Restorative Justice", this successor comes timely. It is an update of developments in ideas and current debates, and of a great part of the relevant literature. A new generation of authors is emerging. Restorative justice researchers, advocates and critics should have it.'

    Lode Walgrave, University of Leuven, Belgium

    'In its breadth and depth, this impressive collection represents a new chapter in one of the most remarkable stories in criminal justice of the past century. Restorative justice has grown from the radical, abstract vision of 30 years ago into a fully fledged field of study and practice, worthy of this important international handbook.'

    Shadd Maruna, author of Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives

    'This book offers thoughtful and varied approaches to reconciliation and community resilience. As readers, we see that inclusive approaches to justice--involving loved ones, community support systems, and cultural context--offer real hope for renewal and personal peace. This book challenges the punitive aspects of the current criminal justice system, to be sure, but also offers practical tools for transformative leaders to nurture restoration, reformation, and healing. A pathway forward is found through the wisdom of the scholars here, all of whom are committed to restorative justice and a more resilient future.'

    Maya Soetoro, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

    `the Handbook is an excellent resource which will be useful to many restorative justice practitioners and researchers, as well as postgraduate students in criminology, forensic psychology, social work and beyond. Theo Gavrielides and the diverse contributors have produced a fascinating and dynamic book, sure to be widely read and used for years to come.'

    Jamie Buchan, The International Journal of Restorative Justice 2022 vol. 5(2) pp. 297-300

    doi: 10.5553/TIJRJ.000123