Restorative inquiries and hope: learning and healing in universities, deaths in custody and institutional settings

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 07 June 2018


Fellows Road Law Theatre
ANU Canberra


Professor Jennifer Llewellyn


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Drawing on Jennifer’s experiences, including:
• the Dalhousie University Dental School Restorative Justice process responding to Facebook based sexual harassment of female students by male students;
• the Restorative Inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, where significant abuse occurred over many years; and
• a recent restorative process relating to a death in custody.
she will describe these processes and their capacity for engaging those who were harmed, those who caused the harm and those who will have responsibility for bringing about changes.

Restorative inquiries create a shared space to develop solutions, to make changes and to bring hope for the future. They can also give rise to resistance, which needs to be understood and addressed. Jennifer will discuss some of these complexities in the context of her experiences in these inquiries.

About the speaker

Professor Jennifer Llewellyn, Viscount Bennett Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.

Jennifer’s teaching and research is focused in the areas of relational theory, restorative justice, truth commissions, international and domestic human rights law and Canadian constitutional law. She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach in both transitional contexts and established democracies. Professor Llewellyn was the Director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance (NSRJ-CURA), a collaborative research partnership between university and community partners focused on the institutionalization of restorative justice, with particular attention to the example of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program. Professor Llewellyn advises and supports a number of projects and programs using a restorative approach in Nova Scotia and internationally.

For example, she has been an academic/policy advisor to the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, the Provincial Restorative Approaches in Schools Project, the HASA Network developing a restorative approach to senior safety and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She is currently facilitating the design process for a restorative public inquiry into the Home for Colored Children and previously advised the Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the response to Residential School abuse.

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