Handbook on the use of restorative justice and mediation in LGBTI hate crimes: the call for abstracts is out!


This Call for Abstracts is part of the project safe.to.be by Speak Out, an initiative by partner organizations from nine different European countries, led by Belgium’s çavaria. All organizations are connected to the LGBTI communities in their respective countries, and have experience on the topic of hate crime and hate speech. ‘Safe.to.be – Speak Out’ aims to raise awareness within victim support services and law enforcement about the impact of hate speech and hate crimes on LGBTI people. It will do so by:

– developing a toolkit for a training to police forces about the impact of hate crimes and hate speech on the LGBTI community,
– creating an awareness raising website for the community that offers an empowering counter-narrative on online hate messages and incidents,
– and developing and publishing a handbook on the use of restorative justice and mediation in LGBTI hate crimes.

The call for abstracts

We are pleased to announce this Call for Abstracts for a handbook on the use of restorative justice and mediation in LGBTI hate crimes. Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • The evolution of Restorative Justice (approached from historical, comparative, or future-forward policy angles)
  • Different types of Restorative Justice (e.g. mediation, restorative group conversation, learning trajectories, community service, restorative justice by proxy,…)
  • Restorative justice in hate crimes (risk assessment, pros and cons, skills and knowledge needed – LGBTI specific, restorative justice in hate crimes by proxy,…)
  • Good practices / cases of successful Restorative Justice in Hate Crimes

Topics may be added based on suggestions received in response to this call.

Please send us your abstract on one of the abovementioned topics/chapters or suggest a specific and relevant issue you feel should be included in the handbook.

Depending on the contribution, authors may get an invitation to speak at the anti-LGBTI hate crime conference in Sofia, Bulgaria in October 2020. The project will be the publisher of the handbook, funded by the European Commission.

Abstract submissions must include:

– A clear and concise abstract of no more than 300 words in English
– A title
– A list of all authors using their full names
– Institution affiliations for each author
– Short biographical note (50 words in the same document)
– Disclosure of any conflict of interest

Scope of work

The length of the full expert article should be 3000 – 8000 words, depending on the topic. The deadline for the full articles is May 1st 2020. The reference and style guide of the handbook will be shared with the authors after the selection procedure.

Compensation for the author: €500 per article

Method of payment: Invoice, including all costs and taxes

Copyright ownership: Made for hire

Please send your abstract submission to Ms. Kelly Grossthal from the Estonian Human Rights Centre at kelly.grossthal@humanrights.ee and to Mx. Alexi De Greef from the LGBTI umbrella organization in Flanders, Belgium at alexi.degreef@cavaria.be by 17th February 2020.

The selection procedure

All the authors who submitted their abstracts will be contacted by February 27th 2020.

Pre-selection stage: A preliminary review will be made by the project team, based on the general criteria of relevance of the topic, coherence, language property and grammatical accuracy. At this stage, it will be decided whether the submitted abstract should be sent to the panel of international experts.

Selection: In the next stage, the pre-selected abstracts will be peer reviewed by an international panel of experts and by the safe.to.be consortium.

Information on EU funding

This project is co-funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). The handbook will be freely accessible for the public and will be launched at the conference in Sofia in October 2020.