Restorative Justice

Class Information Spring 2023

  • 3 units
  • Class No.: 58236
  • Meets: Monday
  • Time: 2:40 pm - 4:20 pm
  • Location: 202
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  • Course Description
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Margaret M. Russell

Associate Professor of Law

Restorative Justice

Certificate(s): Public Interest and Social Justice Law Certificate (List C)

Course Description:

This seminar will provide an introduction to the theories and practices of restorative justice (RJ), a centuries-old approach to dispute resolution. Restorative justice emphasizes repairing harms, both legal and non-legal, based on the concept of the core human dignity of each member of a community.  RJ brings together victims, offenders, their respective communities, and other stakeholders in a common quest for truth, healing and reconciliation. In recent years, restorative justice has emerged as a prominent alternative intersecting with legal systems domestically and internationally. Restorative justice programs exist in prisons, courts, schools, and many other settings. Students will learn the theories and practical skills of restorative justice in both real-world contexts and through in-class discussions.  Active preparation for and engagement in the weekly sessions are essential. A class presentation, short reflection papers on the readings, and final paper are required. 

Please note: This is a 3 unit seminar. In addition to class sessions once a week , students are required to participate in two additional “field” meetings that will be held on two separate weekend days.   These days will be chosen in consultation with class members during the first week of class.

Class Notes:

This seminar will provide an introduction to the theories and practices of restorative justice (RJ), a centuries-old approach to dispute resolution. Restorative justice emphasizes repairing harms, both legal and non-legal, based on the concept of the core human dignity of each member of a community.  RJ brings together victims, offenders, their respective communities, and other stakeholders in a common quest for truth, healing and reconciliation. In recent years, restorative justice has emerged as a prominent alternative intersecting with legal systems domestically and internationally. Restorative justice programs exist in prisons, courts, schools, and many other settings. Students will learn the theories and practical skills of restorative justice in both real-world contexts and through in-class discussions.  Active preparation for and engagement in the weekly sessions are essential. A class presentation, short reflection papers on the readings, and final paper are required. 

Please note: This is a 3 unit seminar. In addition to class sessions once a week , students are required to participate in two additional “field” meetings that will be held on two separate weekend days.   These days will be chosen in consultation with class members during the first week of class.