From the University of Padua

Federico Reggio

(PhD)is currently senior researcher at the University of Padua, Italy, where he teaches Philosophy of Law. Lawyer and mediator, he has been involved for a decade in the training of mediators in Italy, including lectures on penal mediation and Restorative Justice at the Italian Ministry of Justice’s Superior Institute on Penal Execution “Piersanti Mattarella”. He holds a PhD in Philosophy of Law, Method and Legal Traditions and is author of several publications in legal-philosophical matters, including a book on Restorative Justice (Giustizia Dialogica 2010, awarded in 2012 by the Italian Society of Legal Philosophy) and chapters in international edited books such as Civilising Criminal Justice (Blad-Cornwell-Wright 2013) and Critical Restorative Justice (Aersten-Pali 2017). A longtime member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, where he is currently member of the Research Group, dr. Reggio is scientific director of the bilingual online journal Mediares, specialized in restorative culture and conflict transformation, and co-director of the book series Filosofia & Giustizia at Primiceri editore, Italy. Member of the research group “Jurisprudence, Ethics and Legal Technologies” at Department of Private Law and Critic of Law, University of Padua, he is the referent of the same University at European Forum for Restorative Justice’s (European Research Networks). He is the scientific director of the virtual Winter School “Transforming 21st century conflicts”.

Adriano Zamperini

is professor of Psychology of Violence and Psychology of Social Unrest at the University of Padua, where he is also director of the Center of Research and Services for Migrations and Intercultural Studies (CIRSIM) and Director of the Fabio Metelli Biblioteque. His research has deepened the comprehension of human action in extreme situations (including genocide), various forms of social exclusion, of violence and oppression, and the social psychology of well-being and unrest. He is in charg of the section “Memoria Viva” at the Andrea Devoto Foundation. Among his publications, he cooperated to several chapters of the Encyclopedia of Psychology (ed. U. Galimberti) and the following monographies: Psicologia dell'inerzia e della solidarietà (2001, with Ines Testoni), Psicologia sociale (2002), Prigioni della mente (2004), L'indifferenza (2007) e L'ostracismo (2010).

Debora Provolo

is a senior researcher in Criminal law (qualified to perform the functions of associate professor) at the University of Padua (Italy), where she is currently teaching “Criminal law and economics” (School of Law) and “Restorative justice” at the course “Trasformazioni del Welfare State e diritti sociali” (School of Economics and Political Science). She is also lecturer (Criminal Law module) at the Specialization School for the Legal Professions and at the Master in “Urban manager for security, safety and violence management” (University of Padua). She holds a PhD in “Legal sciences: Italian and comparative criminal law”, awarded by the University of Turin in 2006. She is a member of the editorial board of the Padova University Press’s series JusQuid; she is also a member of editorial boards of the journal Responsabilità Medica. Diritto e Pratica Clinica and of the Journal of Ethics and Legal Technologies (JELT). She is a member of the Global Integrity Research Network (Coventry University- UK). She has authored many publications, including the monograph L’identità genetica nella tutela penale della privacy e contro la discriminazione (2018). Her main research interests are restorative justice, criminology, economic criminal law, criminal law and new technologies, privacy, criminal bio-law.

Letizia Mingardo

is a Researcher in Philosophy of Law at the Department of Private Law and Critique of Law of the University of Padua. She teaches Legislation and Animal Protection at the Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, and Methodology and Legal Informatics at the Department of Private Law and Critique of Law. Her main fields of research are Critics of Law & Technology, on the one hand, and Biolaw & Bioethics, on the other. In this field, in 2012 she won the Ruffini Prize awarded by the Italian Accademia dei Lincei. Her current research interests deal with digital justice, online dispute resolution and the concept of lex informatica.

Elena Cadamuro

is a Research Fellow in Criminal Law (her current research project is called “Dati biometrici e tutela penale”) at the University of Padua where she was awarded a PhD. As an adjunct professor, she teaches “Criminology and criminal policy” (School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage) and “Criminal law” in the “Digital forensics” course (School of Engineering). She is also lecturer (Criminal Law module) of the Master in “Urban manager for security, safety and violence management” (University of Padua). She is a member of the editorial board of the Padova University Press’s series JusQuid. Her main research interests are juvenile and family criminal law, exploitation of human beings, restorative justice and criminal bio-law. On these topics she has authored many publications.

From other Universities

Brunilda Pali (PhD)

is Senior Researcher at KU Leuven and Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently a board member and Secretary of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ). Together with Ivo Aertsen she has co-edited Critical Restorative Justice (Hart Publishing, 2017) and Restoring Justice and Security in Intercultural Europe (Routledge, 2018). She is currently working with Miranda Forsyth on the Handbook of Environmental Restorative Justice (Palgrave, 2022) and with Federico Reggio on an edited collection on Widening the Restorative Lens (forthcoming). Brunilda has studied Psychology at the University of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Cultural Studies at Bilgi University in Istanbul, and Criminology at KU Leuven Belgium. Her areas of interest are gender, critical social theory, social justice, restorative justice, cultural and critical criminology, and arts. Her research website is www.restorotopias.com (ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2280-6625).

Anna Matczak

is appointed as a lecturer in comparative criminology at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands. She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, LSE. Her doctoral research discusses how lay people in Poland understand punishment and justice and how these understandings can shed light on the viability of restorative justice in the Polish context. Since the beginning of 2019, she has been involved in a collaborative project: Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, which aims to encourage the development of restorative justice in Europe.  Since November 2019, she has been a member of the Research Committee, European Forum for Restorative Justice. In 2020 she was appointed Restorative Justice Mentor and since then she has given regular advice to the Wrocław Restorative Justice Board on how the Wrocław Municipality can join the network of restorative cities and popularise restorative justice locally. In 2021 she joined the THUAS Centre of Expertise on Global Governance where she is looking into the concept of plural policing during health emergencies and natural disasters.

Angelo Anzalone (PhD)

in Law at the University of Córdoba in 2012 rated excellent cum laude and international mention. He has been a fellow of the University Teacher Training program of the Ministry of Education and Science (from 2009 to 2013) and is a professor in the Area of Philosophy of Law (Department of International and Historical Legal Sciences and Philosophy of Law) of the University of Córdoba, where he currently teaches the subjects of Theory of Law, Theory of Human Rights and Philosophy of Law, as well as various subjects of the inter-university master's degree in Culture of Peace, Conflicts, Education and Human Rights. He has carried out research stays at the universities of Bologna (Italy), Bayreuth (Germany) and Évora (Portugal). Within his main and current lines and projects of research – Spanish-Italian neoidealism and natural law, communication theory of law, technological changes and law, human rights theory – his bibliographic contributions of different nature abound (monographs, book chapters and scientific articles).

Katarzyna A. Przybyła

is the Head of Strategic Peace and Conflict Studies (SPACS) program at Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Poland (earlier: International Peace and Conflict Studies, a program that she created in 2018). She also serves as Director of Analysis and Senior Editor in the analytical center Polityka Insight.
She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame, US) in the academic year 2014-2015. In 2018 – GMF’s Marshall Memorial Fellow. From 2010 and 2018 she worked in the Polish National Security Bureau’s Strategic Analysis Department, focusing on the former Soviet Union, NATO-Russia relations, international peace and security organizations, and arms control. She also served as Program Development Adviser in the Peace and Stabilization Program in the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, and worked as a journalist in one the Polish newspapers. In 2015 she conducted her field research and cooperated with human rights organizations in Israel/Palestine. She graduated from Lazarski University, Warsaw (BA and MA in International Relations), and University of Notre Dame, IN, USA (MA in Peace Studies). Her areas of interest/expertise include: peace and conflict studies, nonviolent resistance, conflict analysis, American and Russian foreign policies, former Soviet Union, and critical thinking.

Esmorie Miller

is currently an early career researcher at London South Bank University, where she lectures in criminology. She holds a PhD in Political Theory from Queen’s University Belfast, where her doctoral research explored restorative justice as a more appropriate logic than retribution, in both principle and practice, for dealing with the racialized youth who have become the normalized subjects of gang containment scrutiny. Her cross-national research, between London, England and Toronto, Canada, placed her in contact with a cross section of community stakeholders whose work in youth justice prioritizes restorative practice to counter the antagonism which youth customarily experience with authorities like the police, who surveil their communities as normalized sites of deviance. She is currently developing this research, which proposes a model of restoration grounded in the relational logic Philosopher Axel Honneth’s recognition theory. She has been contracted by Routledge and her first monograph, which historicizes the contemporary disproportionate punishment of racialized youth, is slated to for publication/release end 2021.

Immanuel Zarzosang Varte

holds a Ph.D in development studies and is now working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Tribal Studies, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University - Regional Campus Manipur, India. He has been engaged in research on human rights, environment, sustainable resource management, indigenous peoples’ development, peacebuilding and conflict resolution/transformation for well over a decade in both the local, regional, national and international level. He has researched and written extensively on human rights, indigenous peoples’ development, peace and conflict studies. His works on these subjects has taken him to various places around the world, especially in South and Southeast Asia, where he delivered trainings and lectures among state and non-state actors and civil societies.


Massimo Antonazzi

lawyer and lecturer, graduated in Law in 2006 from La Sapienza University of Rome. In 2014 he attended the frontal negotiation course at the Ecole Universitaire Internationale hostages, with the release of the Certification called COTIPSO (Certificate of Training in United Nations Peace support operations). In 2015 he obtained a second Master's Degree in Political Science, Studies Strategic and Diplomatic Sciences at Link Campus University with a study on dimension psychology of negotiation processes. In the same year he began his collaboration as a teacher with ISN International School of Negotiation. In 2017 he became an ICERM certified mediator International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation of New York, the same year he obtained the qualification of Qualified consultant in international humanitarian law in armed conflict and crisi response Operations. He is currently adjunct professor of negotiation techniques and behavioral finance at Link Campus University Faculty of International Business Administration and adjunct professor of conflict resolution at Link Campus University's Faculty of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies.

Ciro De Vincenzo

holds a B.S. in general psychology and a M.S. in clinical and social psychology. A Ph.D. candidate in Social Sciences, dr. De Vincenzo adopts a psychosocial cultural and qualitative approach both in his research and practice. His work focuses on a variety of areas, such as history and philosophy of psychology; end-of-life issues; sociopolitical conflicts; borders/memory/migration studies, the latter being the focus of his contribution to the Winter School's teaching program.

Alexia Stouraiti

(LLB, MSc) is an attorney, mediator and psychodramatist. She was trained in Peacemaking Circles by Kay Pranis and was awarded the Stoltzfus Scholarship of Eastern Mennonite University, USA, in 2018. At the end of the same year, she organised and implemented the project “Connect the Dots” on the interaction of locals, refugees and migrants in Pforzheim, Germany, which was presented as a restorative practice for the community at the 17 th VOM Conference in Berlin. In 2017 she was a trainer in the national training program “RJ and VOM” for the probation officers of Greece. She has offered Healing Circles for survivors of gender-based violence and acts as an advocate of RJ. Her Master thesis is about the correlation between RJ and the Therapeutic Communities.