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Theo Gavrielides

The IARS International Institute

Dr. Theo Gavrielides is the Founder and Director of The IARS International Institute and the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology of Simon Fraser University and a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University. Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, the Youth Voice Journal and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice.


Since 2001, I have been the Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute. I am also the Founder and co-Director of the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All).

Apart from my NGO and practical experience, I am also active in academia. I am an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology (Centre for Restorative Justice) of Simon Fraser University as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University. I also served as a Visiting Professorial Research Fellow at Panteion University of Social & Political Science (Greece) and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University (UK).

I am also the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journals:
International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare
Youth Voice Journal
Internet Journal of Restorative Justice

I have several voluntary positions such as been a Trustee of the Anne Frank Trust, an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS) and a Member of the Scrutiny and Involvement Panel of the Crown Prosecution Service (London).

Previously, I was the Chief Executive of Race on the Agenda, a social policy think-tank focusing on race equality. I also worked at the Ministry of Justice as the Human Rights Advisor of the Strategy Directorate. There, I led on the Human Rights Insight Project, which aimed to identify strategies that will further implement the principles underlying the Human Rights Act 1998 and improve public services. He also advised on the Ministry's Education, Information and Advice strategy.

During 2002-2004, I worked as a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) alongside Professorial Research Fellow Francesca Klug OBE.

I am also a legal counsel specialising in criminal law, human rights and EU law. I taught criminal law and common law reasoning and institutions at the University of London, and have acted as a human rights and criminal justice advisor for various chambers and policy bodies including the Independent Advisory Group of the London Criminal Justice Partnership.

I 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). I graduated from the Faculty of Laws of the National University of Athens and practised law at Gavrielides & Co, my father's law firm. This is where my sister and my brother also work as solicitors.

I love writing and thus I have had the pleasure of publishing  published on various social justice issues, restorative justice, equality and race equality, human rights and youth justice. My 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, I edited  "Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice", in 2013 I co-edited 'Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy' and in 2015 'The Philosophy of Restorative Justice' both published by Ashgate (now Routledge). I also edited 'Offenders no More' by NOVA Publishers (2015) and 'Restorative Justice, The Library of Essays on Justice' (2015) by Ashgate Publishing.

I currently working on two books. My next monograph is titled 'Race, Power & Restorative Justice: The dialogue we Never Had' and it will be published in 2018 by Routledge. I am also editing The Routledge Handbook of Restorative Justice due to be published in 2018.

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    Adjunct Professor and international expert in human rights, youth studies, criminal justice and restorative justice. Founder & Director of The IARS International Institute and Restorative Justice for All. Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, the Youth Voice Journal and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice. Pioneer of youth-led and user-led methods of research, policy and legislative reform.



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The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice

By: Theo Gavrielides
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Sociology & Social Policy, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice


For the first time, restorative justice will be the focus of a prestigious series such as the International Handbooks. The aim of the Handbook is to provide scholars, students and policymakers from around the world with a definite, up-to-date resource on restorative justice with a comprehensive and authoritative review of its research in new and contested areas. A secondary objective is to support innovative practice in restorative justice including but not limited to mediation (direct and indirect), conferencing, circles, board and panels. Particular attention is paid to grey areas of practice.

Bringing together contributors from across a range of jurisdictions, disciplines and legal traditions, the book will provide a concise but critical review of existing and new theory and practice in restorative justice. Authors will identify the key developments, theoretical arguments and new empirical evidence relevant to their specific issue or concept, evaluating their merits and demerits, and then turn attention to further questions or concerns that will inform and improve the future of restorative justice.

Restorative justice is a fast growing field and thus this up-dated handbook is overdue. The Handbook will publish papers that have not been appeared elsewhere and which will bring to the fore ground-breaking research and new normative propositions in contested areas in restorative justice. The chapters will be written by leading and established researchers and practitioners in restorative justice, making the companion a valuable reference resource. Although the Handbook will aim to address first the fields of criminology and law, the contributors will also draw from a number of different disciplines. As a cross-discipline, restorative justice must look beyond the law for its future development, and this volume will help the field achieve this objective. The authors will also be encouraged to survey the current state of research on each topic, including their own work, but not to the exclusion of others.  The chapters will be similar to sophisticated review, empirical papers or literature survey articles.  As the subject is continually evolving, the contributors will be asked to reflect current thinking, but also point to directions for future research. 

The companion is divided into four parts, dealing with: Theory Practice Critical Thinking | The Future |

This approach will allow contemporary theoretical and normative questions to be addressed and developed at the beginning of the collection. The book will then move on to answer empirical questions around restorative justice practice. The third section will engage the reader with key critiques of restorative justice making the volume a truly balanced contribution. Finally, the last section will look into the future, and posit key recommendations for policy, research and practice, providing much needed questions for further exploration.

Each contributor will write a chapter of c 7,000- 8,000 words on their topic. Contributors have been selected on the basis of their expertise in relation to the topic. The Editor has provided some general guidance on the aims of the chapter (i.e. authoritative discussion of pre-existing research, coupled with critical engagement and reflections on future directions) to ensure greater consistency and coherence across the whole collection. While the first section on theory has contributions from strong theoretical minds, the second section on practice will bring together authors with direct experience of restorative justice on the ground. They have been asked to write their chapters using case studies from their direct experience. This will bring balance against the theoretical part of the volume. Adversaries as well as sceptics of restorative justice will then write under the third section, while the final part will conclude with writings from some of the leading authors in the restorative justice movement.

Book audience: Senior-level capstone courses and upper-level seminars that review and expand on key areas of study in restorative justice, criminology, social sciences, social theory, psychology and positive psychology, law, neuroscience, human rights, criminal justice, and political science departments. The book is also intended for researchers, policymakers, practitioners and campaigners from around the world.