Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice

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The Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA) in association with the Nigerian Bar Association Institute of Continuing Education (ICLE) presents a 2 Day Online Certificate training on Restorative Justice. This intensive programme which has the African Forum for Restorative Justice (AFRJ) as Technical Partners is facilitated by a robust faculty inclusive of a High Court Judge, a Chief Magistrate, a Professor of Criminology, and a Ph.D. holder in Law amongst many others

Venue: Online
Date: September 29 -30th 2021
Course Fee: N40,000 per candidate

Target Audience

This course is designed for criminal justice practitioners such as lawyers, magistrates, judges, police, and correctional officers, amongst other interested participants (such as teachers, religious leaders, social workers, psychologists, parents, private individuals, and organizations). The course will cover the following study modules to ensure basic competencies and professionalism.

Study Modules/Courses

RJ 101: Concept, Principles, and Values of Restorative Justice…………..2 Credits
RJ102: Methods and Practice of Restorative Justice………………………….2 Credits
RJ103: Legislative and Legal Frameworks (Global Perspective) …………2 Credits
RJ 104: Practicum/Examination……………………………………………………….2 Credits
TOTAL WORKLOAD ……………………………………………………………………..8 CREDITS


This course is an introduction to the restorative justice paradigm. It begins with an overview of the concept of restorative justice, as distinct from the criminal justice system whose focus is on the centrality of punishment as a mechanism of social control. The idea of “justice” is deconstructed through a comparison of state-based and community-based concepts. Concepts such as crime and punishment in criminal justice are juxtaposed to concepts of harms and healing, with particular attention paid to the importance of values and relationships in restorative justice practices. The psychology of harm will be examined and restorative practices discussed as a means of dialogue and consensus building. The needs of those who harm and have been harmed are considered in the context of community capacity and social justice.


At the end of this module, students are expected to understand the conceptualisation of restorative justice. When do we say a justice system or an approach is “restorative”? What are the core principles that drive this outcome of “restorativeness”? Explain the distinctive characteristics of Restorative Justice Vs Retributive Justice.


Don John O. Omale PhD is a UNODC Expert on Restorative Justice, Founder of the African Forum for Restorative Justice (AFRJ), a British Chevening Scholar of Criminology; and Professor of Criminology at the Federal University Wukari Taraba State, Nigeria. He holds a BSc in Psychology (University of Nigeria, Nsukka), MSc Criminology (University of Leicester, UK) and PhD Criminology with a specialism in Restorative Justice & Victimology at the Centre for Community and Criminal Justice, De-Montfort University Leicester, England, UK. He is an alumnus of the Rotary Foundation International “Group Study Exchange Programme” to California, District 5230 USA (2002).; an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Delegate to the Model United Nations Congress in New York, USA (2003) funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London. 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 internationally published and has presented academic papers in Restorative Justice, Counter Violent Extremism and Victimology at international conferences in the UK, USA, Canada, The Hague; Bangkok, Valletta Malta, South Africa, Mozambique, Addis Ababa, Morocco, Cairo, Egypt and Dakar, Senegal. He is an International Advisory Board member to the Restorative Justice Initiative Midland, UK, the Community of Restorative Researchers, UK and Restorative Justice International, USA respectively. He is also the “Africa Book Review Correspondent” to the International Journal of Restorative Justice at the Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium. He is a member of the World Society of Victimology and a Fellow of the Institute of Criminology and Penology, Lagos, Nigeria. He is the author of a bestseller book titled ‘Restorative Justice and Victimology: Euro-Africa Perspectives’ published in The Hague, Netherlands by Wolf Legal Publishers.

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