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IARS' Restorative Justice Research Network in partnership with Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and the Hellenic Social Mediation Centre in Greece established the International Symposia on Restorative Justice held in Skopelos island. The initiative is led by Prof. Vasso Artinopoulou and Dr. Theo Gavrielides. The idea of bringing the disciplines of restorative justice and human rights under the scrutiny of philosophy sprang from the 2012 Gavrielides' Edition Rights & Restoration within Youth Justice and the international conference that Panteion organised in December 2010 to celebrate 60 years from the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights.
1st International Symposium on the Philosophy of Restorative Justice & Human Rights
The first Symposium was held in Skopelos during 2-7 June 2012. This unique event brought together an exclusive group of 21 leading international names from the field of restorative justice and human rights. The event took the format of an ancient Greek symposium allowing for in-depth discussions on papers. The event was supported by the the Mayor of Skopelos. The structure and location of the symposium enabled the ‘symposiarchs’ (the participating guests) to debate their papers and delve into concepts and issues in an engaging and enriching environment. Sessions took place at local beaches, bars with beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains, a local artist's villa house and at a Byzantine Monastery. The locations were truly inspiring. The event closed with an ancient Greek style symposium at Asclepeion (www.melody.gr). The delegates participated in a Libation in the Ancient Asclepeion and enjoyed a delicious traditional Greek dinner together.
To see photos from the symposium please follow this link.
The Symposium led to the Ashgate publication of "Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy", a novel volume in the use of a deconstructive and reconstructive approach, where the fundamental underpinnings of restorative justice are interrogated through a critical analysis of restorative justice philosophywhich.
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The following experts participated in the symposium:
Sponsors & Supporters
We are grateful to the Mayor of Skopelos and our supporters for their kind donations in helping us make this non-profit event happen.
Publishers, universities, organisations and individuals interested in sponsoring and supporting the next Symposium (2016) should contact RJsymposium@rj4all.info.