Conference 2022
January 24
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Parliament Chamber, and Queen’s Room, Ashley Building, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9BT
Pandemic no More: Overcoming gender-based violence, exclusion, and mental health challenges

Conference Theme 
It is about time that we stop hiding behind screens and start meeting real people again! This conference aims to do just that by reuniting cultures, minds, and hearts through the values of restorative justice. 
The world has experienced one of the most devastating pandemics, causing multiple consequences for our health, social justice, and educational systems. As we get to grips with COVID19's aftermath and how we can support our communities in the years to come, this international conference brings together some of the world's leaders to provide evidence-based solutions on four key overlapping challenges:
  • Gender-based violence in the context of young people
  • Mental health, restorative art, and violence
  • Migrants' integration and community cohesion
  • Racism, antisemitism, and hate crimes.
The bridge that connects all these challenges is our proposed evidence-based solutions that draw from the values and practices of restorative justice. This two day conference will present the findings from three Erasmus+ projects that we have been running for over two years with several European partners. It will also present cutting-edge research by scholars from across the world in the format of workshops and plenaries. The results of the conference will be published in the form of an e-book by RJ4All Publications.
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*The event will be held at The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple*
*This is a venue closed to the public*

Day 1: Programme

Gender-based violence, youth & hate crimes

9:00-9:30: Registration, coffee & networking

9:30-10:00: Welcome from the event chairs - Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides (RJ4All Founder & Director) and Cllr Nick Johnson (RJ4All Chair)

10:00-10:20: Keynote 1 - Prof. Dr. Howard Williamson CVO CBE FRSA FHEA ( Professor of European Youth Policy at the University of South Wales and RJ4All non-executive director)

10:20-10:30: Q&A

10:30-10:50: Keynote 2 - Neil Coyle MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark & Q&A

10:50-11:00 Q&A

11:00-11:30: Coffee & networking

11:30-12:30: Parallel workshops

Group 1: Erasmus "A Chance for Change" project

  • RJ4All - UK
  • OTI - Cyprus
  • Epimorfotiki - Greece
  • ASAD - Italy
  • GIDE - France
  • Universidat de Huelva - Spain

Group 2: "It is all about youth"

Chaired by James Walker (RJ4All non-executive director)

  • "Restorative justice in youth settings" Kate Haywood
    (Senior Lecturer Youth Work/Youth Justice 
    University of South Wales)
  • "Young Voices Can promoting diversity and inclusion in Digital Contexts" Paloma Contreras Pulido (International University of La Rioja - Spain)

12:30-13:30: Lunch & networking

13:30-14:30: Parallel workshops

Group 3: TBC

Chaired by James Walker (RJ4All non-executive director)

Group 4: "Hate crimes & Community"

Chaired by Laura Hamblin (Lecturer University of East London)

  • "Youth, Hate Crime and Abuse" Laura Hamblin (Lecturer University of East London)
  • "Hate Speech Through Hashtags" - Sabina Civila de Dios (Huelva University Spain).
  • "Haters on TikTok: Violent Behaviour and Hate Speech Towards Influencers with Disabilities" - Monica Bonilla del Rio (Alfamed Joven - Spain)

14:30-15:00: Keynote 3: Jim Simon BSc (CEO of Restorative Justice Council) & Q&A

15:00-15:30: Keynote 4: Julia Handelman-Smith (Head of Internationalism, British Council) & Q&A

15:30-16:00: Closing remarks - Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides (RJ4All Founder & Director) & Cllr Nick Johnson (RJ4All Chair).