Riots and Restorative Justice
featuring Dr. Theo Gavrielides
2012 Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7-9pm (reception to follow)
SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Room 3200
This lecture is free, however pre-registration is required.
RSVP by Friday, May 4
The role of Restorative Justice following riots will be the focus of the next Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue. Honored guest Dr. Theo Gavrielides will provide insights into this new field of practice, including how Restorative Justice was proposed and implemented after Britain’s August 2011 riots, where 15,000 rioters caused an estimated £500 million in damages.
Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot has many parallels to the British experience, including a desire to provide victims with a better sense of reparation and closure, as well as an interest in reducing the risk of re-offense. Spontaneous responses to the riot demonstrated a desire from community members to participate with officials in the process of ensuring accountability, bridge building, and restoring the social fabric of the affected areas.