Care Over Punishment: Conference 2021

April 21-22. 2021 I 2:00 PM - 6:00pm


Workshop #5 : Africa, Nepal, & Singapore

RJ Practice Principles in Africa & Asia

Restorative practitioners are often asked to explain, “what is restorative about your practice?” In this session, panelists from Africa, Nepal and Singapore will discuss principles that guide their practice, so that practice becomes explicit while its application remains culturally contextualized. The panelists will describe what is it that they do, why, and the conditions that facilitate restorative experiences for the people that they work with. Participants in this panel discussion are welcome to test the principles against their practice assumption for resonance, and discover if it can be universally applied with appropriate cultural sensitivity.

Justin Mui

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Justin Mui is Executive Director of Lutheran Community Care Services Ltd in Singapore. Believing that entrenched mindsets perpetuate similar solutions, and relationships are the conduit for transformation, Justin has created safe spaces for stakeholders to have conversations that matter. These include peacemaking amongst residents-in-conflict in public housing, rebuilding communities of care for ex-offenders and addressing school bullying by widening the circle of support. As an advocate for Restorative Practice, Justin believes that civil society can be strengthened when people are provided opportunities to have the ‘missing conversation’, to talk about what matters most in building and sustaining relationships. He is also Board Chairman of SteppingStones Pte Ltd, a social enterprise that helps facilitate child adoption through matching prospective adoptive parents to break the hurt cycle for children desperately in need of a loving and nurturing home.

Ram Tiwari, JD

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Ram Tiwari is the Founder Chair of Nepal Forum for Restorative Justice. A lawyer by academic and professional background, he has been working in the fields of restorative justice and peacebuilding in Nepal for over 13 years. Apart from serving as a member of a task-force to prepare Nepal's first national Restorative Justice Curriculum, he has been involved in introducing and establishing restorative justice in judicial and community contexts. He has served as a member of the Expert Committee in reviewing the UN Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes, a member of the Restorative Justice Working Group at the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (USA), and recently, an International Expert on Restorative and Transitional Justice for the UN Office in Somalia.

Professor Don John O. Omale

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Professor Don John O. Omale PhD is a British Chevening Scholar of Criminology; and Professor of Criminology at the Federal University Wukari Taraba State, Nigeria. He holds BSc Psychology (University of Nigeria, Nsukka), MSc Criminology (University of Leicester, UK) and PhD Criminology with specialism in Restorative Justice & Victimology at the Centre for Community and Criminal Justice, De-Montfort University Leicester, England, UK. He voluntarily disengaged from the Nigerian Prisons Service as Assistant Controller of Prisons (ACP), and has directed Research and Training at the Prisons Staff College Kaduna, and the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna respectively. He is an International Advisory Board member to the Restorative Justice Initiative Midland, UK, the Community of Restorative Researchers, UK and Restorative Justice International. He is the “Africa Book Review Correspondent” to the International Journal of Restorative Justice at the Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium; a member of the World Society of Victimology and Fellow of the Institute of Criminology and Penology, Lagos, Nigeria; and he authored ‘Restorative Justice and Victimology: Euro-Africa Perspectives’ published in The Hague, Netherlands by Wolf Legal Publishers.

Professor Don John O. Omale is the Founder of the African Forum for Restorative Justice (