The Restorative & Transformative Justice course offers students interested in restorative justice principles the opportunity to: 1) explore existing and emerging scholarship, as well as current and proposed laws, policies and programs related to restorative justice; 2) prepare written reflections, and conceptualize and draft a policy proposal based on the readings, speakers and course activities and materials; 3) put restorative justice concepts (relational, reparative, inclusive, balanced) into practice with training and role-playing to build conflict transformation skills and tools (i.e. listening circles, community conferencing); and 4) receive guidance and feedback on their reflections, conflict resolution simulations and draft policy proposal. Students will work closely with the instructors and community partners to understand the theory and practice of restorative and transformative justice with a focus on youth-related conflicts and challenges. In addition to gaining a foundational understanding of restorative and transformational justice, students will develop their critical analysis skills, writing skills, and will receive training on conducting restorative practices as a method of transforming conflict.
Prof. Ayesha Hardaway is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Director of the Criminal Clinic in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic. Prof. Hardaway has taught as a clinician in the areas of health law, civil litigation and criminal justice. Her research and scholarship interests include the intersection of race and the law, constitutional law, criminal law, policing and civil litigation.