Restorative Justice as Bridge between silk road road civilisation

From the 3rd-4th May, IARS Found and Director, Dr Theo Gavrielides, will be a keynote speaker at the 2nd Biennial International conference on Restorative Justice. This international event is organised by Tarbiat Modares University and is titled“Restorative Justice as a Bridge between Silk Road Civilizations”. It will be held in Tehran, Iran.

The Silk Road has created not only an economic trade route, but also a route of dialogue. Similar to restorative justice, Silk Roadhas played an important role in bringing religions, cultures and people together. This conference is a collaborative endeavour between TMU Center for Legal Studies and Asia- Pacific Forum for Restorative Justice. The event is supported by the Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All Institute) and IARS.

The first Biennial International conference focused on theoretical and legal framework of restorative crime prevention; reducing recidivism and re-victimisation through restorative justice programs among other restorative justice mechanism in various contexts.This conference look at theoretical and practical approach such as dialogue between Restorative Justice Ideas in the Eastern philosophies and teachings; Relationship between informal and formal criminal justice in the Asian context; Restorative Justice Legislation as we as policy making at the international and national level and finally Role of community and civil society in applying restorative practice.


Dr Theo Gavrielides will be presenting his recent work on using restorative justice, positive psychology and the Good Lives model for the prevention of radicalisation and exclusion.

His presentation titled “Restorative Justice & Radicalisation: From theory to practice” will bridge the gap between Eastern and Western civilisations. The paper identifies the forces that create a perception of insecurity and a reality of control, while proposing an alternative vision that is bottom-up, user-led and founded upon the values of restorative justice.

The paper uses the newly Erasmus+ funded Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP) as an example that illustrates a youth-led methodology for evidence-based EU security and social cohesion policy that is more aligned with the realities of the groups its aims to reach. The aim of YEIP is to construct a policy measure that will help enhance social cohesion and prevent violent radicalisation of young people in Europe.

Dr Gavrielides will be discussing the state of Europe today and the realities of security. He will be talking about the role of Restorative justice in unraveling terrorism, radicalisation and extremism while understand who the real victims up. In his presentation Dr Gavrielides will exposes the need to educate, challenge and debate in order to move forward and exercise restorative justice to tackle the global issues that we face.

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