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Programme Aims

A multi-year capacity-building, research, awareness raising and educational programme, aiming to:

  1. Explore the role, potential and limitations of restorative justice and pilot community-led initiatives for preventing individuals at risk of violent radicalisation with an emphasis on young people
  2. Increase awareness around alternative, positive approaches to violent radicalisation and extremism using Gavrielides’ preventative model.
  3. Deepen and strengthen the relationship between human rights and violent radicalisation by creating bridges and negotiating solutions for policy-making 
  4. Network and connect researchers, policymakers, practitioners, educationalists and users in the area of violent radicalisation, human rights and restorative justice from across the world.

Programme Activities

The RJ4All Institute and its team are led by Professor Theo Gavrielides in carrying out the following activities for this project:

    • Carry out fieldwork in the form of original qualitative and quantitative research and publish the results in various formats including:
         – Peer-reviewed articles
         – Ebooks
         – Blogs, online publications and social media.
    • Join and support other projects and initiatives by writing papers, presenting results and providing expert advice.
    • Hold events and create an online network of practitioners, researchers and policymakers encouraging debate and the exchange of knowledge.
      Carry out projects of national and European scale to pilot RJ4All’s hypothesis for a positive approach to violent radicalisation.

Projects, Engagements & Trainings

A Positive Approach

Our programme is based on Gavrielides’ restorative justice model, which is a psychosocial intervention aiming to increase resilience and prevent anti-social behaviour. Prof. Gavrielides has been piloting this model through various pilots in the community, schools, prisons, universities and online.

Instead of “managing” people as “risks” (Risk Need Responsivity), Gavrielides’ model focuses on promoting talents and strengths and through this approach help develop positive identities. This is captured as the Good Lives Model (GLM) articulated through the values and practices of restorative justice including power sharing, dialogue, fairness, equality and autonomy. The model works towards a positive, growth-oriented change in life where a young person works on the development of the values, skills and resources towards life based on human goods.

Youth Empowerment & Innovation Project

As part of his work against violent radicalisation and extremism, Dr. Gavrielides carried out YEIP, which was a 3-year Erasmus+ funded programme that aimed to design a youth-led, positive policy prevention framework for tackling and preventing the marginalisation and violent radicalisation among young people in Europe. The project started in March 2017 and ended in February 2020.

Led by young people, YEIP  was delivered in partnership with 18 partners from seven EU countries.  It constructed and tested an innovative, policy intervention model that was founded on the principles of restorative justice, positive psychology and the Good Lives Model (GLM). You can find out more via YEIP’s dedicated website and Facebook page.

Project Publications

Gavrielides, T. (2022) Restorative justice & Violent Radicalisation in criminal justice settings. A training handbook, London: RJ4All Publications, ISBN: 978-1-911634-61-4. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.22380.44166.

Gavrielides, T. (2022) A positive prevention approach to violent youth radicalisation: advanced level 2 training handbook, London: RJ4All Publications. ISBN: 978-1-911634-65-2. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.18533.47843

Gavrielides, T. (2022) Research findings on violent youth radicalisation in the UK, Cyprus, France, Greece and Belgium, London: RJ4All Publications, ISBN: 978-1-911634-54-6.. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32794.11207.

Gavrielides, T. (2021) “Power, fear and security: The terrorist within” in Gavrielides, T. (Eds) Power, Race & Restoration: The dialogue we Never Had. Abingdon: Routledge.

Gavrielides, T. (2020). “Violent Youth Radicalisation in Europe: The youth-led model”, Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, ISBN: 978-1-911634-22-5.

Gavrielides, T. (2020) New Directions in Preventing Violent Youth Radicalisation, London: IARS. ISBN 978-1-907641-64-0.

Gavrielides, T. and Santiago, I. (2018). Human Rights and Violent Extremism, 18th ASEM Informal Human Rights Seminar, Indonesia: ASEF.

Gavrielides, T, Nemutlu, G and A.M. Șerban, (2018). Human Rights Education and Youth Work, Estonia: Youth for Human Rights.

Gavrielides. T (2018) “Pull and Push factors of violent extremism“, Workshop 18th ASEM informal Human Rights Seminar, Indonesia: ASEF.

Gavrielides T. (4-8 November 2018), 18th Human Rights Seminar, A European story of facts and fiction,​ Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Gavrielides, T. (3-5 May 2018). Restorative Justice & Radicalisation: From theory and practice, 2nd Bi-annual International Conference on Restorative Justice, Tehran – Iran. To read the Abstracts that were discussed at the 2nd Biennial International Conference on Restorative.

Justice: Restorative Justice as a Bridge between Silk Road Civilizations” click here.

Gavrielides, T. (2018). “Street group violence and restorative justice”, Unitedworld Law Journal, Vol 2, Issue: I, ISSN: 2457-0427.

Gavrielides, T. (2018). Youth radicalisation, restorative justice and the Good Lives Model: Comparative Findings from seven countries, London: IARS Publications, ISBN: 978-1-907641-48-0.

Gavrielides, T. (2018). Human Rights and Restorative Justice, London: RJ4All Publications. ISBN 978-1-911634-00-3.

Gavrielides, T. (2018). Equality Matters for Restorative Justice, London: RJ4All Publications. ISBN.

Gavrielides, T. (9-10 May 2017), The terrorist within & restorative justice, Conflict in Europe: Meeting the challenge IIRP Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Gavrielides, T. 3-5 April 2017, A youth-led approach to radicalisation and insecurity: An alternative vision for social cohesion, The MARGIN project Final conference, Horizon 2020 Budapest, Hungary.

Gavrielides, T. (2016). “The terrorist within: from a restorative lens”, Special Issue Justice Report – Guest Editor Winterdyk, J., Canadian Criminal Justice Association.

Gavrielides, T. (2016). “The Death of Democracy and the Forces of Power and Control: The Case of Europe”. Social Sciences Journal. 5(3), pp. 42; doi:10.3390/socsci5030042.

Gavrielides, T. and Worth, P (2014). “Another push for restorative justice: Positive psychology & offender rehabilitation” in Crime: International Perspectives, Socioeconomic Factors and Psychological Implications, New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Gavrielides, T. (2012). “Contextualising Restorative Justice for Hate Crime”. Journal of Interpersonal Violence Vol 27, Issue 18, pp. 3624 – 3643.

Gavrielides, T. (2010) “The new politics of community cohesion: Making use of human rights policy and legislation”, Vol 38: 3 Policy & Politics, pp 429-445. ISNN0305 5736.

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