During 2006 and 2007, the Institute was please to host two esteemed international scholars, Professor Harry Mika and Professor Gordon Bazemore
Harry Mika is a professor at Central Michigan University, a Senior Fellow at the ICCJ, and an Honorary Professor at the School of Law. A researcher, teacher and practitioner, he has been extensively involved in the development and evaluation of community-based restorative justice initiatives in Loyalist and Republican areas of Northern Ireland since 1997. His current research is focused on aspects of transitional justice, both on alternatives to paramilitary punishment violence and threat, and justice roles of ex-combatants in peace-building processes. Additionally, Professor Mika serves as an evaluator and monitor for reconciliation portfolios of several philanthropies, trusts and foundations. Professor Mika is a sociologist by training and has founded two university social and criminal justice programmes. His upper-level and graduate teaching is primarily in the areas of conflict resolution, victims and violence, and child welfare. He is widely published and has received numerous awards for teaching adjustice practice. He has previously held postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the National Institute for Mental Health (Yale University) and the Hague Academy of International Law, (Centre for Studies and Research, the Netherlands). In 2003, Professor Mika received a Fulbright New Century Scholar's Award for the study of sectarian conflict. He was awarded the title of Honorary Professor in the Queen’s University Belfast. School of Law in 2005.
Gordon Bazemore is currently Professor and Chair in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Director of the Community Justice Institute, at Florida Atlantic University. His research has focused on juvenile justice and youth policy, restorative justice, crime victims, corrections, and community policing. Dr. Bazemore is the author of 65 peer-reviewed articles, 34 book chapters, 25 monographs and technical reports, and numerous other publications. He is first author of three books on juvenile justice reform: Juvenile Justice Reform and Restorative Justice: Building Theory and Policy from Practice (with Mara Schiff; Willan Publishing); Restorative Juvenile Justice: Repairing the Harm of Youth Crime (with Lode Walgrave; Criminal Justice Press) and Restorative and Community Justice: Cultivating Common Ground for Victims, Communities and Offenders (with Mara Schiff) (Anderson Publishing). He was recipient of Florida Atlantic University’s Researcher of the Year Award in both 1995 and 1999. Dr. Bazemore has 30 years experience in juvenile justice practice, research and training/technical assistance.