Faculty of Law

Upcoming Seminar: Jo-Anne Wemmers to present on reparation for victims of crime


Prof Jo-Anne Wemmers, of Université de Montréal, to discuss the healing role of reparation

Start Date

11th Aug 2016 1:00pm

End Date

11th Aug 2016 2:00pm


Faculty of Law Staff Room

RSVP / Contact Information

Please RSVP for catering purposes to: Law.Secretary@utas.edu.au by the 9th August 2016.

Reparation for victims of crime: The healing role of reparation

Prof Jo-Anne Wemmers

Professor of Criminology, Université de Montréal

Justice is a fundamental human need and victims of crime often seek reparation from the offender in order to satisfy this need (Ten Boom & Kuijpers 2012). However, the question of reparation for victims has proven to be a challenge for criminal justice. In criminal law, reparation is typically viewed in terms of compensation for victims and punishment of the offender. Yet there are many more possible forms that reparation can take, such as acknowledgement and apology by the offender. These types of reparation are typically associated with restorative justice, which is often considered an alternative to criminal justice. In this presentation, I will outline the victim-centred notion of reparative justice in relation to conventional criminal justice and distinguish it from the more common, criminological notion of restorative justice. By reaching beyond the boundaries of law and psychology, and following a multi-disciplinary approach, I consider how reparation can be therapeutic for victims and contribute to their sense of justice.

Jo-Anne Wemmers (PhD) is a full Professor at the School of Criminology of the Université de Montréal as well as principal researcher at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology. She has published widely in the areas of victimology, international criminal law and restorative justice.