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Ali Gohar

Founder and Executive Director of Just Peace Initiatives, Gohar is a peacebuilder, academic and restorative justice practitioneer. He recently participated in the European Forum for Restorative Justice Expert Meeting at KU Leuven University in Belgium and on the Expert Group Meeting on Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters, organised by the UNODC in Canada. Gohar worked ...More

Migrants to England Hope Their Hujra will Build Community

“There’s no community here at all,” says Ali Gohar, MA ’02, in disgust, as he urges a visiting reporter from the United States to accompany him and his son, Awais, to meet three other Pakistani men in a nondescript rowhouse in a working class district of Bradford, England. “We have a big need here – ...More

Just Peace Initiatives, 2005: Winning Hearts and Minds Gradually

Ali Gohar looked out of place at the train station of Bradford, England, on a drearily damp-cold November day in 2014. Not because he’s Pakistani – about a quarter of Bradford’s half-million residents have recent roots in Britain’s former colonies in and around the Indian subcontinent. It’s just that Gohar looked as if he were ...More

CJP people who have contributed work, ideas, to the United Nations

Howard Zehr, PhD, & Vernon Jantzi, PHD  Zehr is “distinguished professor” of restorative justice, a pioneer in international restorative justice field; author, co-author or editor of about 22 books pertaining to restorative justice Zehr’s bestselling Little Book of Restorative Justice (over 110,000 sold) was cited as a reference in Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes, published ...More

Restorative Councils Help Pakistani Police

Ali Gohar updates jirga As the founding director of JustPeace International, Ali Gohar (MA ’02) has worked at updating the practice of jirga, an ancient tradition in Pakistan whereby respected and wise elders deliberate in an open community forum to resolve conflicts. In 2003, he and fellow CJP graduate Hassan Yousufzai (MA ’03) co-authored Pukhtoon ...More

What Have We Learned?

Restorative justice is fragile. It hinges on people taking determined steps to relentlessly pursue their healing despite the pain it may bring. It challenges us to growth, to imagine beyond the current status quo and to take the creative risk of feeling and acting in a different, yet deeply courageous way. —Carl Stauffer, EMU restorative justice ...More

Updating Jirga

New Purposes for Old Tradition Ali Gohar, MA ’02, is working to update the traditional system of jirga in the border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He believes passionately in the core function of jirga, whereby certain elders are recognized in their communities for their wisdom and ethics; these elders gather to make community-wide decisions, resolve problems, ...More