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Question Time: Combating Hate Crimes and Xenophobia through Restorative Justice

The IARS International Institute is happy to announce its Spring international Question Time "Combating Hate Crimes and Xenophobia through Restorative Justice" due to be held on the 13th April (18:00 - 21:00) at the DLT Room at SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. Structured in a trully Question Time style, our international panel includes international restorative justice expert Professor Marelize Schoeman (University of South Africa) and hate crime specialist Dr. Mark Walters (University of Sussex). This debate will be chaired by IARS' Founder and Director, Dr. Theo Gavrielides who has published extensively in the area of hate crime and restorative justice.

Professor Schoeman she will share her views about the utilisation of restorative justice as catalyst for social transformation and the prevention of xenophobia and hate crimes from the context of her recent work about the African ( the) concept of Ubuntu  and restorative justice. Dr. Walter's ground breaking study on the use of restorative justice for hate crime will be used as a platform for debate. The audience will be offered the opportunity for questions and debate. This is a lecture organised at a critical point in time when the UK, EU and international research and policy are calling for non-punitive solutions to hate attitudes, xenophobia and racism.


18:00 - 18:30: Registration, networking and refreshments

18:30 - 18:45: Welcome by Dr. Theo Gavrielides

18:45 - 19:45: Interactive Lecture by Professor Schoeman and Dr. Walters

19:45 - 20:30: Questions from the floor and debate

20:30 - 21:00: Networking and refreshments


Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come basis. Tickets can be purchased by donating through the Big Give as all proceeds will go to our charity. Minimum cost is £12, but guests are kindly encouraged to consider a higher donation. The ticket includes refreshments, Certificate of Attendance and access to the venue. Student tickets are available for £5 (student ID required to be presented on the day). Please do state your email address in order to recieve your booking confirmation. 

Publishers, individuals and companies interested in having a stand or to sponsor the lecture should get in touch with Dr. Theo Gavrielides, For multiple tickets or to purchase via an invoice or card, email or call +44 (0) 207064 4380. Donations are not refundable. We regret that we are unable to offer free tickets. 

Marelize Schoeman qualified as social worker (1993) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She was employed for 10 years as a social worker at the Department of Correctional Services. During this period she specialised in Criminal Justice Social Work and obtained a MA degree in 1998 and her DPhil degree in 2004. She conducted research part-time until 2005 when she started a research and training consultancy.  Since then she has been involved in various research projects for, amongst others, the Department of Correctional Services, CSIR Crime Prevention Centre, Khulisa Social Solutions, Restorative Justice Centre and NICRO. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Security Science at the University of South Africa. Marelize has been a speaker at national and international conferences and published widely in scientific journals and subject specialist books. Her research interests are focused on child justice related issues.

Mark Walters has been at lecturer in law at Sussex Law School for over three years. Prior to this he completed his doctorate in law (criminology) at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. His thesis looked at the use of restorative justice for hate crime.  Mark also completed an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Research Methods) at the Centre for Criminology University of Oxford (2008) and an LLM specialising in criminal justice at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2006). Mark's first degree (LLB, honours) was completed at Sussex University (2002).

We are grateful to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London for providing the venue.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

 Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom


13th April 2015
Host Organisation: 
IARS International Institute
DLT Room at SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG