Conversations on the use of Restorative Practices in Human Services – some international perspectives

Event details


Date & time

Friday 08 June 2018


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra


Professor Jennifer Llewellyn and Emeritus Professor Gale Burford


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

At this Workshop, Jennifer and Gale will provide some starting thoughts for a rich conversation about how commitment to restorative practices could build relationships based on trust and meaningful engagement. These could, in turn, improve the experience and outcomes for everyone in areas such as health, child protection, schools and in many other contexts  

About the speakers

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.

Gale Burford is Emeritus Professor at the University of Vermont (2014) and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School. He was also a recent Distinguished Visitor at the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) ANU College of Asia & the Pacific. Until his retirement from University of Vermont in 2014, he was Director of the University-State Child Welfare Training Partnership and Principal Investigator for the Vermont Community Justice Consortium. Professor Burford has held full-time appointments in Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Vermont, and visiting appointments at the University of Stirling in Scotland and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Gale has published on a wide range research activities, including those that focus restorative justice and family engagement interventions – particularly in situations of child abuse and interpersonal violence, the use of drug courts, reparative probation with adult offenders, a youth-run community living program, group care and residential treatment programs, differential treatment approaches, teamwork, and organizational change. His current writing focuses on restorative justice and responsive regulation, results garnered from a multi-year, multiple-methods study of one US state’s efforts to incorporate participatory and restorative practices into its child welfare and youth justice services, and the use of restorative approaches in city and state efforts to coordinate services. Gale advises and supports a number of projects and programs and provides training and evaluation for programs such as the Leeds UK evaluation of the use of family group conferences and other restorative practices.

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