Areas of Expertise:

Restorative Practices and Mediation in Democracy-Building, Restorative Justice Theory and Practice in Europe, Life History Interview Methods in Qualitative Research, Collective Healing Processes from Intergenerational Trauma in Young Democracies

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Borbála Fellegi brings her work as a researcher, mediator, and conference and peacemaking-circle facilitator to the IIRP. As founder and executive director of the Foresee Research Group, she oversees Hungarian and EU programs researching potential applications of mediation and peacemaking circles in community conflicts and prison settings, and she performs conflict resolution-related research, as well as community-building and training projects.

Borbála has been a consultant for the Council of Europe, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the National Crime Prevention Board and the Hungarian Ministry of Justice, and she coordinated a project for the European Forum for Restorative Justice on restorative justice implementation in Central and Eastern Europe. Foresee Research Group, which she has led since 2008, received the 2018 European Forum for Restorative Justice award for outstanding contributions to the development of restorative justice in Europe.

Borbála's publications include numerous articles, book chapters and books, including: “Practising restorative encounters in community conflicts,” in Policing Minority Communities (2014); “The face behind the fence – conflict management within the prison and beyond,” in Responsibility-Taking, Relationship-Building and Restoration in Prisons (2012), and the book, Towards Reconciliation – The Implementation of Restorative Justice in Hungary (2009). She earned a Master in Social Policy from Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, a Master of Philosophy in Criminology from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in Social Policy from Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary.

Selected Publications:
  • Fellegi, B. (2023). Review of the book Restoring justice: An introduction to restorative justice by D. W. Van Ness, K. H. Strong, J. Derby, and L. Parker. The International Journal of Restorative Justice , 2023(3), 511-515.
  • Fellegi, B. (2021), Bruising and healing: The dynamics of resolving grievances. IIRP Presidential Paper Series, 5, 1-30.
  • Fellegi, B., Hera, G., & Benedek, G. (2017). To talk or not to talk? The limits and potential of restorative justice in addressing social inequalities. In I. Aertsen & B. Pali (Eds.), Critical restorative justice (pp. 193-210). Hart Publishing.
  • Fellegi, B. & Szegő, D. (2015). Prison system: What does the implementation of RJ mean within the current system? The face behind the fence. In L. Ricarda, O. Hagemann, & R. Sónja (Eds.), Restorative justice at post-sentencing level in Europe (pp. 46-59). Kiel.
  • Fellegi, B., & Szegő, D. (2013). Handbook for facilitating peacemaking circles. Foresee Research Group.
  • Fellegi, B. (2013). Retribution and/or restoration? The purpose of our justice system through the lens of judges and prosecutors. In J. Blad, D. Cornwell, & M. Wright (Eds). Civilising criminal justice: An international restorative agenda for penal reform (pp. 115-150). Waterside Press.
Courses Taught:

RP 506 Restorative Practices: The Promise and the Challenge