Plenary Address – European Forum for Restorative Justice

European Forum for Restorative Justice, Belfast, 11-14 June 2014

Professor McEvoy gave a plenary address at the 8th International Conference on Restorative Justice.

It was attended by 300 delegates from around the world.

One of the themes of his presentation was the challenges faced by lawyers in transitional settings when capable and well organised community restorative justice organisations argue that lawyers need to present compelling arguments as to why they should be involved in mediation and dispute resolution, rather than assuming that they should be there ‘as of right’. This is particularly difficult for lawyers who have been trained to believe that they ‘own’ justice.