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About Jennifer Llewellyn

Jennifer Llewellyn is the Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law and Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law. Professor Llewellyn has been a visiting professor at Australian National University, Victoria University at Wellington and is the Distinguished Visiting Professor at Canberra University (2018). Her research and teaching is focused in the areas of relational theory, restorative justice, truth commissions, international and domestic human rights law, public law and Canadian constitutional law. She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach 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. She is currently the Director of the Restorative International Learning Community an international alliance of leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners supporting the development and implementation of a restorative approach to governance and human services in jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, England, New Zealand and Australia. Professor Llewellyn is current leading a SSHRC funded research project developing a restorative approach to human rights.  She is also a co-investigator for the DOHR project (Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation) to a SSHRC funded community-based partnership among former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry, Victims of Institutional Child Exploitation Society (VOICES), educators, historians, legal experts, and gaming specialists to create and assess the potential for virtual reality oral histories for students to address the historical harms of racism (
Professor Llewellyn advises and supports a number of projects and programs using a restorative approach in Nova Scotia and internationally. For example, she has been an academic/policy advisor to the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, the Provincial Restorative Approaches in Schools Project, the HASA Network developing a restorative approach to senior safety and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She has supported innovation in design and application of a restorative approach including the development of a restorative approach to address campus climate and culture, respond to a death in custody and facilitating the design of the first restorative public inquiry into the Home for Colored Children. She currently serves as a Commissioner of the Restorative Inquiry for the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. She previously advised the Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the response to Residential School abuse.
She has also worked extensively in the field internationally, including with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Jamaican government, the government of New Zealand and the United Nations. She recently co-edited two books in the area: Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory and Health Law (UBC Press, 2011) and Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2014).


Present Professor of Law; Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law



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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present OIC Appointed Commissioner, Restorative Public Inquiry for the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children
2012 - Present Co-Creator/Advisor, Provincial Restorative Approaches in Schools Project
2010 - Present Advisory Committee, RJ@Dal Project, Dalhousie University
2003 - Present Member, Nova Scotia Bar
2001 - Present Academic and Policy Advisor, Nova Scotia Provincial Restorative Justice Program Management Committee
2017 - 2018 Member, Federal-Provincial-Territorial Task Force (MAJOR Task Force)
2017 - 2018 Co-Chair, Governance and Management Committee Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program
2017 Appointed Member, UN Expert Group on Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters – UNODC
2016 - 2017 Consultant/Advisor, Motherisk Commission (Ontario)
2014 - 2015 Expert Consultant, Government of NS Design Process for Restorative Public Inquiry into NS Home for Coloured Children
2014 - 2015 Process Lead/Co-Facilitator, Restorative Justice Process, Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University
2014 Advisor, New Zealand Ministry of Social Development, Office of the Chief Social Worker
2012 - 2014 Advisor, Healing Approach to Senior Abuse Provincial Project
2010 - 2013 Co-Director, Project on Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding
2004 - 2005 Member, Assembly of First Nations’ Expert Task Group on Canada’s Dispute Resolution Plan
2002 - 2004 Co-chair, Senate Discipline Committee, Dalhousie University
2002 Member, Research Initiative on the Resolution of Ethnic Conflict, Joan B Kroc Institute
2001 - 2002 Member, Senate Discipline Committee, Dalhousie University
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Honors and Awards

  • 2019: The President’s Research Excellence Awards for Research Impact
  • 2018: Winner of the SSHRC Impact Award
  • 2015: Winner National Ron Wiebe Award for Restorative Justice
  • 2012-2017: Viscount Bennett Professorship in Law, Schulich School of Law (Appointed Chair)
  • 2013: Fetzer Institute Research Project, Restorative Governance
  • 2008-09: Dalhousie Law Alumni Teaching Award
  • 2000-01: Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship, Harvard University


BA, McMaster University
MA, Queen's University
LLB, University of Toronto
LLM, Harvard University

Contact Information

Schulich School of Law
Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2


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Books and Book Contributions (13)

Others (2)