Restorative Justice and Practice: Emergence of a Social Movement

Learn about the theory and practice of restorative justice, and Aotearoa New Zealand’s pioneering role in this social movement for change.

This course introduces the theory and practice of restorative justice, a global social movement for the creation of a more democratic, caring and peaceful society, and is the world’s first MOOC on the subject.

Drawing particularly on the pioneering role New Zealand has played, it traces how restorative justice has grown from small beginnings into a wider social movement for change across all sectors of society, including schools, families, workplaces and community agencies. This course is for anyone committed to a more just, compassionate and peaceful world.


Emeritus Professor

Vice-Chancellor's Office

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Tom Duncan

Programme Development Advisor
School of Government

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Close-up on restorative justice

In the early 1970s, two probation officers in Ontario, Canada considered how best to deal with two young men who had vandalised 22 properties. They asked a judge if they could take the men to meet the victims and see what reparation could be arranged.