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Press release: 3rd International Symposium on Restorative Justice: Bringing Ethos to businesses and justice

Release date: 23 May 2016
Contact: Restorative Justice Symposium Secretariat,

Press release: 3rd International Symposium on Restorative Justice: Bringing Ethos to businesses and justice

On 17-24 June, leading scholars from around the world will meet in Greece at a critical economic and political point to advance ethos and morality in businesses and the justice system through the values and practices of restorative justice. This bi-annual event, titled the 3rd International Symposium on Restorative Justice is organised by the  Restorative Justice for all (RJ4All).  

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

“The economic crisis has shaken the foundations of the justice system as well as the way we conduct business. It is a worldwide phenomenon and thus we are pleased to hold the 3rd International Symposium with the aim of advancing ethos within business and justice systems though principles of restorative justice and the ancient Greek symposium values of dialogue, respect and equality”.

Professor Vasso Artinopoulou, Co-Founder and Co-Director of RJ4ALL also said:

“The encashment of common good, the improvement of social capital, the empowerment of social and community bonds, and the social change/transformation is the common ground where restorative justice and ethical business (through corporate social responsibility) meet. Not subject to morality, we try only to enrich the interdisciplinary background of restorative justice and to link RJ with the broader economic, social and cultural systems”.

The event will build upon the successful model of the 1st International Symposium on Restorative Justice 2012 and the 2nd International Symposium on Restorative Justice 2014  that had the format of an ancient Greek symposium allowing in-depth discussion, relationship building and self-reflection. The presentations were then published as Gavrielides, T. and Artinopoulou, V. (2013)  "Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy, Furnam: Ashgate. 

The beginning of the journey will be marked by a unique event that will be held on the ancient and sacred ground of Plato’s Academy in Athens, preparing, the “spirit, mind and body” of the delegates for the Symposium. The delegates will then travel to Skopelos, and the Symposium will officially open its proceedings on the 19th of June during the Opening Ceremony which will take place at the at the historic “Vakratsa House” in Skopelos Town, followed by a reception hosted by the Mayor of the island.

The Symposium morning and evening sessions will take place during 20-23 of June in various outdoor locations around Skopelos and nearby islands, such as Alonissos, combined with a social program and events that follow, respect and uniquely represent the traditional life of the island.

The Symposium will end with an ancient Greek style Symposium held on the 24th of June at Panagia Pyrgou, in Skopelos town, where the closing speeches by the Symposiarchs will be delivered.

To view the Symposium's Programme click here. 

To read delegates' biographies and abstracts click here and here


The event is supported by:

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


This event is run on our Institute's non-profit principle. Individuals or organisations with an interest to sponsor or support this international initiative should get in touch with the Restorative Justice Symposium Secretariat,, to discuss the details and the available packages. 

RELEASE DATE: 23.5.2016

CONTACT: Restorative Justice Symposium Secretariat,




Notes to Editors


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.