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Public Seminar: Professor David O'Mahony, 'Reimagining Restorative Justice'

David O'Mahony is Deputy Dean, Faculty of Humanities PGRE and Professor of Law at the University of Essex. His research focuses on the meaning of justice in the context of criminal justice systems, with particular sensitivity to the rights of individuals, the use of restorative justice and alternative ways of responding to crime. His research is based on analyses of the needs of victims, communities and offenders and he has applied a range of empirical methods to explore concepts of justice and rights in criminal justice. Together with Jonathan Doak (Nottingham Law School), he has developed a distinctive critical theory of restorative justice and its application in criminal justice systems.
When Feb 13, 2020
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Institute of Criminology, Seminar Room
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Restorative justice based interventions in criminal justice have expanded rapidly and are increasingly viewed as a legitimate, and even superior means of delivering justice. The result of this swift but piecemeal development has been that restorative justice practice has outpaced the development of restorative justice theory. This seminar takes up this challenge by reimagining a new framework for the operation of restorative justice within criminal justice. In essence, it is contended that core empowering values of agency and accountability provide a lens for re-imagining how restorative justice should work and the normative goals it ought to encompass


David's book include: Reimagining Restorative Justice: Agency and Accountability in the Criminal Process (with J. Doak; Bloomsbury, Hart Publishing, 2017); Vulnerable demons? Moral rhetoric and the criminalisation of squatting (with Fox O'Mahony and Hickey, Eds; Routledge, 2015); Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe (with Dunkel, Grzywa, Horsfield, Pruin, Gensing and Burman, Eds.Vols.1-4; Forum Verlag Godesberg, 2010); The Northern Ireland Youth Conferencing Scheme (with Campbell, Devlin, Doak, Jackson, Corrigan and McEvoy; Northern Ireland Office, 2006); Crime, Community and Locale: The Northern Ireland Communities Crime Survey (with Geary, McEvoy and Morrison; Ashgate, 2000); and Juvenile Crime and Justice: Review of the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland (with Deazley; HMSO The Stationary Office, London, 2000).

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