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Press release: The financial, social and values’ crisis: A Restorative Justice response

Release date: 3 July 2016
Contact: Restorative Justice Symposium Secretariat,

Press release: The financial, social and values’ crisis: A Restorative Justice response

The 3rd International Symposium on Restorative Justice, took place on 17th – 24th June in Skopelos, Greece under the auspices of the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All) to address justice issues as these are impacted by the world’s financial, moral and social crises.

Eight countries were represented in this special, 7-day highly scientific event, structured around the values of friendship, respect, academic rigour and confidentiality. Leading scholars from a range of disciplines came together to debate in a Greek Symposium method the issue of moving restorative justice beyond theory and research to international policy and practice within the framework of the global economic crisis.  

Professor Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Co-Director of RJ4All said:

“Where does restorative justice start? From the premise that you and I are equally important in finding a solution to what has happened to us. The exclusion of certain groups and the manifestation of power by some are the real causes of what we are experiencing today as the world’s economic and social crises. Restorative justice must have something to say in theory and practice and this was our focus during these unique days of friendship and relationship building, sunshine and Greek hospitality. We are grateful to the delegates who travelled from all corners of the world with their families and all those who continue to support our vision for collective action through intellect and academic rigour.”

The issues explored during the morning and evening sessions of the Symposium, which took place in various outdoors locations of the island, such as monasteries, beaches and seaside settings, aimed at the enhancement of current knowledge and the creation of ground breaking international policy for better criminal justice and justice practice. 

The result of the UK Referendum came into the agenda of the Symposium and the delegates reflected upon the possible BREXIT’s social, financial and values impact in national, European and international level. Restorative justice as community and bottom up based perspective was challenged to empower communities and individuals, to reintegrate the marginalized social groups and give a voice to the crime victims. Restorative Justice ethos, values and practices were acknowledged by all the delegates as the safeguards of humanity, dignity and social solidarity in current crisis environments.

The discussions and debate throughout the Symposium revolved around the issues of: 

  • Linking together Restorative Justice with Business Ethics: Building the ‘restorative corporates’ 
  • The real world crisis
  • Delivering justice and criminal justice in a difficult financial climate
  • Addressing the lack of morality and ethics in businesses, banking and financial institutions
  • Learning from First Nations People
  • Solution focused practices for victims
  • Taking the Blinkers off Intimate Partner Violence
  • The role of mindfulness and spirituality
  • Achieving organisational cultural change
  • Changing prison, parole and probation
  • Evaluation and impact assessment for restorative justice
  • The role of art and design for criminal and restorative justice policy and practice
  • Why conflicts are not property

Professor Vasso Artinopoulou, Co-Founder and Co-Director of RJ4All said:

“In times where nothing is stable, in a world that changes rapidly, we all experience the dramatic changes and transformations, in individual, social and cultural level. Sovereignty, austerity, punitiveness, and populism are the main trends that threaten human rights, inclusive societies and the ‘otherness’.  It’s time now for Restorative Justice values and practices to be adjusted in certain contexts, through the empowerment of the individuals, the communities and the societies. The 3rd International Symposium on Restorative Justice explored the wide spectrum of restorative practices beyond the criminal justice systems and reflected the interdisciplinarity of restorative justice in different fields. Therefor, Business Ethics is the newcomer and challenges Restorative Justice. I addressed the links of RJ with the Business Ethics through introducing RJ values and practices in the corporate world. Restorative Justice for All Institute will further explore this new field of research, in theoretical, research and policy level.”


RELEASE DATE: 3.7.2016

CONTACT: Restorative Justice Symposium Secretariat,




Notes to Editors

The event was supported by:

HELLENIC PETROLEUM – with special acknowledgements to the President of the Board, Prof. E. Tsotsoros 




The International Symposia on Restorative Justice are held every two years. To view the findings of the 1stSymposium which focused on human rights click here. To learn more about the 2nd Symposium, with the theme focusing on Race and Power, click here.

About Restorative Justice for All Institute (CIC)

Restorative Justice for all (RJ4All) is a UK-based international institute providing non-profit educational, research and training opportunities to victims, practitioners, users of the criminal justice system, policy makers, the media and the general public on restorative justice. RJ4All aims to increase awareness around restorative justice by providing free resources such as the e-library, the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, projects and videos. It was founded and run by Professors Theo Gavrielides and Vasso Artinopoulou.  


I was one of the Symposiarchs who attended. This press release states clearly that Restorative Justice offers  viable, well-researched, global ethics, methodologies, and a compassionate worldview, that our modern societies so desperately need. Many thanks to the authors and sponsors.