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New Frontiers in Restorative Justice

Keynote Speakers

Dame Silvia Cartwright, PCNZM, DBE, is New Zealand's 18th Governor-General. Dame Silvia took the oath of office in April 2001 after a distinguished career as a lawyer and jurist, and as an advocate for women and women's rights. Dame Silvia was born in Dunedin. It was here where she studied, graduating with a LLB from Otago University in 1967. After several years in private practice, she embarked on a judicial career which culminated in her appointment to the High Court - the first woman in New Zealand to achieve this. In 1987 and 1988, Dame Silvia chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the Treatment of Cervical Cancer and Other Related Matters at National Women's Hospital. The inquiry, also known as the Cartwright Inquiry, was a landmark in New Zealand medical history. Internationally, Dame Silvia contributed as a member of the United Nations committee monitoring compliance with the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Since becoming Governor-General, Dame Silvia has assumed the Chair of the Waitangi National Trust Board which administers the land at Waitangi on which the country's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840. (http://www.gg.govt.nz/gg/biogg.htm)

Professor Joan Pennell, is Professor and Head, Department of Social Work, North Carolina State University where she teaches and carries out training and evaluation on family-centered meetings in child welfare. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) School of Social Work. Her research and publications are directed toward fostering constructive partnerships for countering violence and promoting civic participation. Her training and consultation work has included child and family programs, women's organizations, First Nations/Native American programs, criminal justice workers, and health personnel and has focused on family group conferencing, research/evaluation, organizational development, and group work. Her practice work has included child protection, individual and family counseling, and organizational and community development, and her policy work has been particularly in youth justice, child welfare, domestic violence, and university education. Appointed to the National Crime Prevention Council (Canada), she helped to develop national policy on crime prevention and, as chair of its Youth Justice Committee, specifically for youth crime. (http://social.chass.ncsu.edu/jpennell/)

Ms Anita Jowitt is a lecturer in law at the University of the South Pacific, and has been living in Port Vila, Vanuatu for 7 years. Her father is from New Zealand and her mother is from Fiji, and she did her law studies at the University of Otago. Most of Anita'a research focuses on law and politics and the use of law in society. In the Pacific Islands context the law that is actually used is not state law, but more traditional and/or restorative justice so issues relating to restorative jsutice cut across a number of her research interests. Anita was one of the organisers of the Restorative Justice and Conflict Management in the Pacific Islands conference, held in Port Vila in June 2000. In 2003 the conference publication A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands, co-edited with Sinclair Dinnen and Tess Newton Cain, was produced. Another of her recent publications that examines the place of law in society in the Pacific Islands is Passage of Change: Law, Society and Governance in the Pacific, (2003) coedited with Tess Newton Cain.

Dr Chris Marshall has recently been appointed as Senior Lecturer in Christian Theology at Victoria University of Wellington. His publications include the ground-breaking study Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime and Punishment (Eerdmans, 2001). He has also been involved in community-based restorative justice practice for several years. In January 2004, he received an International Community Justice Award, presented by Princess Anne, in recognition of his scholarly and practical contribution to the cause of restorative justice.

Sir Charles Pollard was Chief Constable of the Thames Valley Police for 11 years up to February 2002 following service in London and Sussex. He is now Chairman of the Justice Research Consortium, a multi-agency partnership working with the criminologist Professor Lawrence Sherman of the University of Pennysylvania to develop and test innovations for improving criminal justice in the UK. Sir Charles has been a member of the Youth Justice Board since 1998. He chairs the Board's Youth Crime Prevention Committee, Communications Committee and Restorative Justice Subcommittee.

Chief Judge Joe Williams is the chief judge of the Maori Land Court and the deputy chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal. He is an internationally recognised expert in indigenous rights law and one of New Zealand's leading specialists in Maori issues. As well as being the youngest person to have been appointed chief judge of the Maori Land Court, he was the first Maori lecturer in law at Victoria University in Wellington and he established the first unit specialising in Maori issues at a major law firm. Judge Williams gained his law degree from Victoria University and his masters from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Upon returning to New Zealand from Canada in 1988, he worked for the Auckland office of law firm Kensington Swan, establishing the aforementioned Maori issues unit and developing a large environmental law practice. He became a partner in 1992, but left in 1994 to become one of the founding partners of Walters Williams and Company, where he specialised in environmental, public, and Maori law. In 1999, he was awarded the Maori students millennium prize as a former student of Victoria University. Judge Williams was sworn in as chief judge in December 1999, and in early 2000 he also assumed the position of deputy chairperson of the Tribunal. He remains determined to ensure that Maori value systems are recognised within the judicial system. (http://www.waitangi-tribunal.govt.nz/about/waitangitribunal/wtmemb/joewill.asp)

Professor Howard Zehr is widely recognized as a major restorative justice pioneer. His insights grew out of his work on the first victim offender encounter program in the US. His book, Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice, is considered a foundational work in the restorative justice movement. He is currently Professor of Sociology and Restorative Justice in Eastern Mennonite University's graduate Conflict Transformation Program. Prior to that time, Howard served as director of the Mennonite Central Committee U. S. Office on Crime and Justice. In addition, he was founder and Director of the Elkhart County PACT, now the Center for Community Justice, the first U.S. Victim Offender Reconciliation Program.

He began his justice career as an Associate Professor and Co-director of the Social Science and the Law Project at Talladega College (Talladega, AL). Howard has also worked professionally as a photographer and photojournalist in North America and internationally. Howard not only teaches and writes but lectures extensively and serves as a trainer and consultant to community groups, justice practitioners, criminal justice officials and universities in North America and internationally. During the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh (1997), Howard was appointed by the federal court to assist the defense in working with victims, yet an ongoing initiative.(http://www.restorativejustice.org/rj3/Leading_Edge/HowardZehr.htm)

 

Professor Margaret Bedggood is a Professor of Law at the University of Waikato, where she was Dean of the Law School from 1994 to 1999. For five years (1989 - 1994) she was the Chief Commissioner of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, during the passage of the Human Rights Act 1993. She has been a member of Amnesty International since 1968, was previously Chair of the New Zealand section and is now a member of its governing body the nine person International Executive Committee. She has taught law and classics in a variety of institutions and jurisdictions and has published in tort, employment law and human rights. Margaret is an assistant director of the Te Matahauariki research institute working on a project entitled Laws and Institutions for Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is a member of the Film and Literature Review Board and of the Refugee Council, and has a long-standing interest in social justice issues within the Anglican Church, as a member of the Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis. Finally, Margaret is a founding member of the Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa/New Zealand (http://www.humanrights.co.nz/about/bios.html)

 
 
 
 
 
 
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