Online courses in restorative justice

We are not currently offering any online courses. Below is an example of a course we have offered in the past.

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Justice in Transition: Restorative & Indigenous Approaches in Post-War Contexts

What does justice feel like? How can we discover a justice that truly satisfies human need? Beginning with key theoretical underpinnings and a multi-disciplinary approach to concepts of justice, this course explores the contemporary applications of transitional justice in post-war settings internationally. Participants will critique and compare various popular expressions of societal justice through a restorative justice framework. In addition, various parallel and collective indigenous justice efforts will be surveyed and compared with the dominant justice applications. Of particular interest are the growing innovations in new hybrid justice models that attempt to satisfy the collective needs of traumatized societies, and the continued search for how to ensure a future transmission of generational justice that is securely embedded within the notion of the ‘common good.’

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Credit hours: 1 graduate credit (or training only)


The fee for this course is $570 for credit; $400 for training.

About the instructor

Carl Stauffer, assistant professor of development and justice studies, lived in South Africa for 16 years, working with various transitional processes such as the Peace Accords, Community-Police Forums, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and local community development structures. From 2000 to 2009, Dr. Stauffer was appointed the Mennonite Central Committee regional peace adviser for the Southern Africa region. His work has taken him to twenty African countries and ten other countries in the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe and the Balkans. Dr. Stauffer’s academic interests focus on narratology, transitional justice, and post-war reconstruction and reconciliation. His research concentrates on the critique of transitional justice from a restorative frame, and the application of hybrid, parallel indigenous justice systems.