Dr. Theo Gavrielides

United Kingdom
Professional sector
  • Youth policy
  • Youth research
Fields of expertise
  • Children and youth rights
  • Citizenship and participation
  • Empowerment
  • European youth policy
  • Human rights education
  • National youth policy
  • Project and organisational management
  • Social inclusion
  • Volunteering of young people
  • Young people and the media / information technology
  • Youth and development
  • Youth and gender
  • Youth education and training
  • Youth mobility
  • Youth violence and juvenile justice
Countries of Expertise
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Greece
  • United Kingdom
Independent Academic Research Studies
A few words about myself
I am the Founder and Director of Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS), and also the Founder and co-Director of the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All) and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology (Centre for Restorative Justice) of Simon Fraser University as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University.

I am the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, as well as of the Youth Voice Journal and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice.

I am a Trustee of the Anne Frank Trust, an Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS) and a Member of the Scrutiny and Involvement Panel of the Crown Prosecution Service (London).

Previously, I was the Chief Executive of Race on the Agenda, a social policy think-tank focusing on race equality. I also worked at the Ministry of Justice as the Human Rights Advisor of the Strategy Directorate. There, I led on the Human Rights Insight Project, which aimed to identify strategies that will further implement the principles underlying the Human Rights Act 1998 and improve public services and I also advised on the Ministry's Education, Information and Advice strategy.

I have served as a Visiting Professorial Research Fellow at Panteion University of Social & Political Science (Greece) and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University (UK). During 2002-2004, I worked as a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) alongside Professorial Research Fellow Francesca Klug OBE. I am also a legal counsel specialising in criminal law, human rights and EU law. I taught criminal law and common law reasoning and institutions at the University of London, and have acted as a human rights and criminal justice advisor for various Chambers and policy bodies including the Independent Advisory Group of the London Criminal Justice Partnership

I obtained a Doctorate in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD, 2005) and a Masters in Human Rights Law from Nottingham University (LL.M in Human Rights Law, 2000). I am graduate from the Faculty of Laws of the National University of Athens and practised law at Gavrielides & Co.

I have published extensively on social justice issues, restorative justice, equality and race equality, human rights and youth justice. My 2007 book “Restorative Justice Theory and Practice” was published by the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) . My 2012 book "Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice" was published by de Sitter Publications while the 2013 Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy was published by Ashgate.
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