Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium: “Restorative Justice: Theory Meets Application”

Event Date: Saturday February 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Austin Hall, Harvard Law School Campus

PON is pleased to co-sponsor the 2015 Harvard Negotiation Law Review symposium:

Restorative Justice: Theory Meets Application

Saturday, February 28, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Austin Hall, Harvard Law School Campus

Free and open to the public. Registration is highly recommended.


The goal of the Symposium is to promote an exciting discussion about the potential to leverage ADR practices and frameworks in restorative justice initiatives, and to serve as a forum for national dialogue on the theoretical basis and practical application of restorative justice. The Symposium will feature the following four panels:

  • Restorative Justice as a Theory of Justice
  • Is Restorative Justice Victim-Centered in Practice?
  • Empowering Youths Through Restorative Justice
  • Transitional Justice: How Can Restorative Justice Concepts Be Applied?


The keynote speaker of the 2015 Symposium will be State Senator Jamie Eldridge, who represents the Middlesex and Worcester Districts of Massachusetts and was the lead sponsor of the recently-enacted Act Promoting Restorative Justice Practices.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School;
  • Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, First Justice of the Juvenile Court Department, Middlesex Division and the former director of the Roxbury Youth Advocacy Project;
  • Hon. John C. Cratsley (Ret.), director of the Judicial Process in Community Courts clinic at Harvard Law School, and former Chair of the Massachusetts Superior Court’s Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution;
  • Carl Stauffer, Assistant Professor of Development and Justice Studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University;
  • Anne Seymour, Co-founder and Senior Advisor of the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Justice Solutions, specializing in criminal and juvenile justice, and crime victims’ rights and services;
  • Daniel Van Ness, executive director of the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International; and
  • Mark Umbreit, founding Director of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking and a Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, among others.


A detailed schedule for the symposium is available online.



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