Bilbao to host the European Forum for Restorative Justice from Thursday
Three hundred experts to analyse the advantages of judicial mediation in conflict solving
The Basque Government's Minister for Justice and Public Administration, Idoia Mendia, will open the 6th European Forum for Restorative Justice. Her speech will mark the start of the three-day conference, organised in conjunction with the European Commission and the Basque Government, when 300 experts will meet at the Euskalduna Conference Centre (Bilbao) to analyse the advantages of judicial mediation in conflict solving.
The conference will cover three main themes: the work of the mediators and facilitators in different countries; cooperation with legal practitioners as a way to increase the involvement of judges, prosecutors and police; and conferencing, meetings with the families and friends of the victims and offenders, as a tool to foster restorative justice.
The programme includes workshops and papers on the role of the different legal operators, crime prevention, the concept of domestic violence and the role of mediation on the road map for modernising the justice system in Spain.
The European Forum for Restorative Justice will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Bilbao. It is organised every two years and the capital of Bizkaia will follow in the footsteps of Verona, Barcelona, Budapest, Ostend and Lovaina, which have all hosted this event in the past.