Date: April 3, 2020
Location: Dineen Hall,
Syracuse University College of Law,
950 Irving Ave., Syracuse, MacNaughton Collaboratory (Room 130)
The goal of this symposium is to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by using restorative practices to address elder abuse. It brings together international scholars from a variety of disciplines working at the intersection of restorative practices and elder justice, a small but dynamic group, to share their work, perspectives, and findings, resulting in an interdisciplinary dialogue to further innovations and generate “best practices” for utilizing restorative practices in this context.
Elder abuse is an epidemic, affecting an estimated 141 million people worldwide, with an estimated 15% of older adults experiencing some sort of abuse later in life. Too often, options to address harms caused by elder abuse and exploitation are limited. Although seniors may be encouraged to report abuse to law enforcement and other service providers, civil and criminal remedies are often ineffective. Creative alternatives must be developed, and “elder restorative justice” presents such alternatives, promoting the repair and reconciliation of the underlying relationships. Keynote speakers are Chris Marshall, the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice at Victoria University’s School of Government in Wellington, New Zealand, and Jennifer Llewellyn, Professor of Law and the Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Other presenters include noted scholars in the fields of law, nursing, medicine, law, psychiatry, gerontology, and social work.