‘Ask The Expert’: Professor Joanna Shapland on the future for restorative justice

This event was held as part of our Ask The Expert series, in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Professor Joanna Shapland discussed  the possible futures for Restorative Justice.

Professor Joanna Shapland, Edward Bramley Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Law, University of Sheffield

Though there is now a considerable evidence base in relation to the use of restorative justice, implementation continues to cause difficulties. International instruments suggest that restorative justice should be available at each stage of the criminal justice process in suitable cases.

As the House of Commons Justice Select Committee launches an inquiry into restorative justice, Professor Joanna Shapland will explore the evidence; progress in England and Wales and possible futures for restorative justice.

Professor Joanna Shapland directed the evaluation of three large restorative justice projects for the Ministry of Justice and was involved in producing the Best Practice Guidance for Restorative Justice for the Restorative Justice Council/Ministry of Justice. She is also the Chair of the Restorative Justice Forum (Scotland).