University Park, IL,
12:20 PM

Joao Salm, Ph.D., MPA, BL

Restorative Justice Expert

Restorative Justice Expert

Dr. Salm is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. He has a master’s degree in public administration and a law degree in addition to his Ph.D. in justice studies.

Before joining Governors State, Dr. Salm, a native of Brazil, was an instructor at several universities in Canada, where he taught courses on criminology and restorative justice. His major focus is on the foundation of restorative justice and how it is practiced around the world.

Dr. Salm’s research sheds light on:

  • The institutionalization of restorative justice
  • Discourse surrounding restorative justice

He worked with noted expert Elizabeth Elliott, Brazilian judges and the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to co-found an international cooperative agreement between Canada and Brazil in restorative justice. He was also a consultant to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund and the United Nations Development Program in the area of restorative justice in Guinea Bissau and Fiji.

Dr. Salm is co-editor of the book, “Citizenship, Restorative Justice and the Environment — A dialogue between Brazil, the United States, Canada, Spain and Italy.”

Relevant works:

The governing paradoxes of restorative justice:

Presentation at the International Meeting on Restorative Justice in 2018:

World Juvenile Justice Congress – video sponsored by the Swiss organizations Terre Des Hommes:

Dr. Salm is available to talk about the intersection between restorative and social justice as well as any of the areas mentioned above. If you would like to arrange an interview with Dr. Salm, please contact Zion Banks, Media & External Relations, 708.235.7685 or