Dr. Jennifer Llewellyn
Dr. Jennifer Llewellyn
Professor, Schulich School of Law

Jennifer Llewellyn is the Viscount Bennett Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been a visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School (2008) and Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (2014). She is a fellow at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie.  Her teaching and research is focused in the areas of relational theory, restorative justice, peacebuilding, truth commissions, international and domestic human rights law and Canadian constitutional law. She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach to social and political institutions in both transitional contexts and established democracies.  Professor Llewellyn was the Director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance (NSRJ-CURA) a collaborative research partnership between university and community partners focused on the institutionalization of restorative justice with particular attention to the example of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program. Professor Llewellyn is an academic/policy advisor to the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, the Nova Scotia Restorative Approaches in Schools Project and the Healing Approaches to Elder Abuse Project. She also serves as an expert advisor to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in their development of a restorative approach to human rights. She was an advisor to the Assembly of First Nations throughout the negotiation process to provide redress for Indian Residential School abuse which resulted in the creation of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission and has provided advice to the Commission during its mandate. She worked with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1997. She served as an expert witness on restorative justice for the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry in 2002 and assisted with the formulation of a national restorative justice policy for Jamaica as a senior consultant with the United Nations Development Programme. Professor Llewellyn was a member of the Research Initiative on the Resolution of Ethnic Conflict at the Kroc Institute for Peace at Notre Dame University. She co-edited the book Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory and Health Law (UBC Press). She is currently directing a project on Reconciliation, Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for Peace at Notre Dame and is the co-editor of the related book Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press 2014). She was recently invited to present her work on restorative peacebuilding at the World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Warsaw. Professor Llewellyn is currently leading an international project on Restorative Governance funded by the Fetzer Institute in the U.S. This project is part of her current efforts to establish an international restorative learning community involving multiple jurisdictions within Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States committed to exploring and implementing a restorative approach.


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