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Friday 3rd of April 2020


IIRP Europe Conference "From Dream to Reality: Dawning of a New Social Science"



Wednesday 10th of June 2015 - Friday 12th of June 2015


IIRP Europe brings together pioneers and practitioners who are advancing the field of restorative practices around the world. Speakers will share their experience in moving this new multidisciplinary social science beyond its origins in criminal justice to schools, workplaces and community settings. Following is a partial preliminary list of speakers:

- John Bailie (United States) has guided restorative practices training and implementation in hundreds of schools, including some of the most challenging urban schools in America. John is an associate professor and president-elect for the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

- Terry O’Connell (Australia) developed the first restorative conference process, authoring what have become known around the world as the “restorative questions.” A former police officer, O’Connell continues to refine restorative practice, now focusing on helping people asking the right questions to foster the right conversations. He is the director of Real Justice Australia.

- Vidia Negrea (Hungary) has been working for a decade and a half on implementing restorative practices in Hungary — in schools, children’s homes, with victims and more recently in prisons. She is now IIRP’s director for Central and Eastern Europe.

- Maria Herzcog (Hungary) is a lecturer, researcher and child advocate who brought restorative conferencing and family group conferencing to Hungary in 2000. She serves on the UN Committee on the Convention of the Rights of the Child and as president of Eurochild.

- Robert van Pagée (Netherlands) is the founder of Eigen Kracht Centrale in the Netherlands, the agency that has achieved the most successful implementation of family group conferencing in the world. Having convened more than 10,000 family group conferences in the Netherlands, Eigen Kracht is now bringing FGC to the Czech Republic.

- Bruce Schenk (Canada), former chaplain in a residential youth facility, was a leader in bringing restorative conferencing to Canada. He now serves as director of IIRP Canada. Having done extensive training in schools and other youth-serving agencies, Schenk has pioneered the use of restorative practices in faith communities and workplaces.

- Ted Wachtel (United States) founded the IIRP Graduate School and in doing so achieved the first formal recognition of this new social science as a discipline worthy of graduate study. During his presidency, the IIRP has become the international leader in restorative practices training and advocacy.

Plenary sessions will be in English with translation available for Hungarian participants. Breakout sessions will be in English.

A complete schedule of sessions will be available March 2015 to help you plan your attendance.

IIRP Europe will be hosting this conference every other year, alternating years with the conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice. The conference will especially highlight the possibilities for restorative practices beyond formal restorative justice.

Post-Graduate Education: This conference can be taken for graduate credit as part of the IIRP's unique hybrid learning model. With the addition of readings and interactive online coursework, you can delve deeper into these sessions with our faculty and participate in our post-graduate-level curriculum.





International Institute for Restorative Practices (Research Institute)


Justice, Restorative


Danubius Hotel Flamenco, Budapest, Tas vezér utca 3-7, 1113, Budapest

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