Call for Papers: Special Issue ‘Artificial Intelligence, Communications Technology and Restorative Justice’

Call for Papers: Special Issue ‘Artificial Intelligence, Communications Technology and Restorative Justice’

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Theo Gavrielides |

Guest Editor: Dr. Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich |  

Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich is a Canadian lawyer and legal academic who is an adjunct professor with Carleton University, affiliated researcher with the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Co-Editor of the Robson Hall Law Journal and RobsonCrim Law Blawg, and senior research fellow with RJ4All. 

In February 2024, Dr. Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich was the Special Guest of the RJ Webinar series’ 23rd episode, hosted by Dr. Theo Gavrielides, where they discussed how artificial intelligence can be used for restorative justice purposes.


As part of the IJRJ’s Special Issue for 2025, we would like to invite you to submit theoretical and practical contributions to our forthcoming Special Issue ‘Artificial Intelligence, Communications Technology, and Restorative Justice’ with Guest Editor Dr. Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich. 

The journal is seeking manuscripts that connect with the theme of addressing how artificial intelligence and communications technology are now and can in future be used to support restorative justice through innovative research. All submitted articles that meet the special issues’ guidelines will go through a double-blind peer review process. 

About the Journal

The Internet Journal of Restorative Justice (IJRJ®) is the leading, international peer-reviewed journal on restorative justice. It was established in 2012 to push the boundaries of criminal justice by adopting a unique, practical approach to researching and investigating restorative justice.   

The IJRJ has an ISSN status 2056-2969 and is ranked, indexed and accessed through:  EBSCO Information Services, The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS), Criminal Justice Abstracts, Kudos, Amazon Kindle, its own website, and Scopus.  

The IJRJ is published by RJ4All Publications, a branch of Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) International Institute which is an international NGO with a mission to advance community and social cohesion, and redistribute power within society at the local, national and international levels. 

The IJRJ® is a double-blind, peer reviewed international journal that is exclusively focused on restorative justice theory and practice. The Journal’s aims include: 

      • Push the barriers of restorative justice, and challenge conventional approaches to criminology and criminal justice. 
      • – Enable junior researchers to publish alongside leading names in restorative justice, and encourage a dialogue between various generations of academics.
      • Increase awareness of restorative justice, and help address misconceptions about its potential and limitations.  
      • Build a strong evidence base for restorative justice, and inform and influence criminal and restorative justice policy at national and international levels. 
      • Enable those with limited resources to access scholarly work on restorative justice, including students, practitioners and the public.  

    Call for Papers

    The advent of artificial intelligence has been likened to the discovery of fire. It would be hard to overstate the importance of AI across fields of human endeavour, including the work involved in justice systems. The intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), communications technology and restorative justice presents a rich field for exploration, innovation, and critical inquiry. Restorative justice, with its focus on repairing harm and restoring relationships, coupled with the transformative potential of AI communications technology, offers promising avenues for advancing justice in diverse contexts. 

    This special issue invites scholars, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to contribute original research articles, review papers, case studies, and theoretical perspectives that examine the convergence of AI communications technology and restorative justice. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

        • 1. Development and implementation of AI-powered tools and platforms for restorative justice processes 
        • 2. Ethical considerations in the use of AI in restorative justice contexts
        • 3. Impact of AI communications technology on access to justice and inclusion in restorative practices 
        • 4. AI-supported approaches to conflict resolution, mediation, and dialogue facilitation in restorative justice settings
        • 5. Incorporation of AI-driven data analytics in restorative justice decision-making processes
        • 6. Design principles for AI systems that align with restorative justice principles 
        • 7.  Challenges and opportunities in integrating AI communications technology into existing restorative justice frameworks
        • 8. Case studies illustrating successful applications or innovative uses of AI in restorative justice initiatives
        • 9. Human rights implications of AI technologies in restorative justice contexts
        • 10. Theoretical perspectives on the intersection of AI communications technology and restorative justice, including critical analyses and future directions. 

      We welcome interdisciplinary contributions from fields such as law, criminology, sociology, psychology, computer science, engineering, ethics, and beyond. Submissions should adhere to the journal’s guidelines for formatting and style. 

      Submission information

      If you wish and are interested in contributing to the Special Issue, please consult our Author Guidelines and Editorial Policy outlining all the key information. We aim to have all manuscripts to be peer-reviewed within a 4-6 weeks’ time frame before being accepted for publication. 

      The timeframe for publication is as follows:

      • – Submission of proposal and abstract – July, 1 2024
      • – Submission of manuscript – End of September 2024
      • – Issue published – End of March 2025

        Please send your full submissions to   

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