The 2nd Annual Restorative Justice Council Conference

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th November 2020

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has brought into stark relief the altruism of many who work for essential services and the deep-rooted structural violence endured by many communities within our societies. Restorative justice principles and practices can play a significant role in making our ‘systems’ much more person-centred and a means of building resilient and stronger communities and families. Thus, the focus of the 2nd annual RJC conference is ‘Reform: Restore’.

We have an extremely exciting list of confirmed keynote speakers that are sure to stimulate debate and discussion in our effort to provide insight into how we might build stronger and more just societies together. Those confirmed so far include:

  • Dame Vera Baird, Victims Commissioner, UK
  • Mike Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of the College of Policing
  • Amy Rees, Director General, HMPPS
  • Dr David Moore, President of the Australian Association for Restorative Justice
  • Dr. Ernest Quimby, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University, U.S.A

We had hoped that we would be able to build on the success of our last conference and bring you all back to Nottingham, but due to current social distancing requirements, this year’s conference will be held online.  we are offering an early bird registration. If you book and pay prior to 11th September 2020, you will receive a 20% booking discount (excluding concessions). Conference prices are as follows:

Ticket type Member Early Bird Non-member Early Bird
One-day £65 + VAT £52 + VAT £85 + VAT £68 + VAT
Two-day £100 + VAT £80 + VAT £120 + VAT £96 + VAT
Concessions* £30 + VAT NA £50 + VAT NA

*Concessions: are available to those whose only household income is from state benefits or students registered with a further or higher education institute and studying a full time, part time or distance course. 

If you are not currently a member of the RJC and would like to benefit from discounted conference fees you can join now by CLICKING HERE.

Call for abstracts

Specifically, we invite abstracts that provide insight into how we might build stronger and more just societies together. This could be in the form of personal experiences, experimental practice and/or research findings on the use of restorative justice/practices:

  • in different cultures in the UK and abroad.
  • to respond to social injustice or inequalities.
  • in different settings such as the community, housing, criminal justice, education, health, social care and the workplace.

Abstracts can be submitted for consideration in one of the following five session types that will be run during the course of the two-day conference:

Session Type Example
Paper Abstracts submitted for this type of session will involve individual papers on experiences, practices and/or research findings. The selection committee will combine papers of a similar theme into one parallel session
Panel Abstracts submitted for this type of session will involve a group of individuals proposing up to a maximum of four papers on a specific topic to be presented in one parallel session. The purpose is to provide a platform for the advancement of experiences, research and/or practice on a particular area of restorative justice/practice.
Skills Workshop Abstracts submitted for this type of session will involve participants with hands-on experience delivering and sharing skills/practices with attendees.
Poster Presentations Poster presentations give an overview of an area of research or practice that is visually presented on a single sheet. Unlike oral presentations, viewers can engage with the presenter informally over the course of an extended period of time.

Participants can contribute to the programme of speakers by completing this online form with an abstract of no more than 150 words. All abstracts must be submitted in English

Sessions will run for 90-minutes and include three presentations. Presentations will be 15 or 20 minutes long, depending on how many papers are in the panel, to ensure there is enough time for Q&A with the audience. The deadline for the call for abstracts is 11th September.

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by our communications committee and a decision will be communicated to applicants by the 18th September. Where abstracts are accepted, the title, names and contact details of the presenters will be included in the final programme of the event. Please note that all presenters must be registered and have paid for the conference in order to be listed in the conference programme.

For further information please email and a member of the team will get back to you.