Biography

Fernanda Fonseca Rosenblatt is Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Pernambuco (Brazil) and Assistant Professor at the International Institute for Restorative Practices (USA). In January 2014, she completed her DPhil in Criminology at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. In 2005, she was awarded a Master’s degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She is currently an elected member of the Executive Committee of the World Society of Victimology, and a senior member of the Asa Branca Research Group of Criminology. She is also the Book Review Editor for The International Journal of Restorative Justice. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in these areas, both in Brazil and abroad, and is the author of The Role of Community in Restorative Justice(Routledge, 2015). 

Publications

Selected publications

  • FF Rosenblatt, The Role of Community in Restorative Justice (Routledge 2015)
    Although restorative justice is probably one of the most talked about topics in contemporary criminology, little has been written about how community involvement in restorative justice translates into practice. While advocates have presented the community as an essential pillar of restorative justice, the rationale for why and how this is the case remains underdeveloped and largely unchallenged. This book offers an empirical and theoretical explanation of what ‘community involvement’ means and what work it does in restorative justice. Drawing on an empirical case study and the wider sociological literature, The Role of Community in Restorative Justice examines the involvement of the community in one selected practice of restorative justice and also considers the implications of the English and Welsh experience for development of a more coherent framework for operationalizing community involvement in restorative justice practices. It is argued that restorative justice programmes need to start from a more concrete and up-to-date notion of community. While operationalizing community involvement, they need to acknowledge, all at once: the importance of place; the importance of family links, friendship and other social ties; and the importance of similar social traits and identities. This book is essential reading for students, researchers and academics in the fields of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, community studies, policy studies, social policy and socio-legal studies. This book will also be valuable reading for a variety of practitioners and policymakers, particularly working with restorative justice and youth justice.
    ISBN: 9781138288706
  • FF Rosenblatt and MMP Mello, 'Criminology in Brazil: Beyond "Made-in-the-North" Criminological Narratives' in RA Triplett (ed), The Handbook of The History and Philosophy of Criminology (Wiley Blackwell 2018)
    ISBN: 9781119011354
  • FF Rosenblatt and E Weitekamp, 'Restorative justice around the world and in cases of mass victimisation' in R Peacock (ed), Victimology in Africa (Van Schaik 2019)
    ISBN: 9780627037139

Journal Article (9)

MMP Mello, FF Rosenblatt and CSLQ Medeiros, 'Para além do "mundo jurídico": um diálogo com as equipes multidisciplinares de Juizados (ou Varas) de Violência Doméstica' (2021) 12 Revista Direito e Práxis 608
DOI: 10.1590/2179-8966/2020/57098|
'Beyond the “legal world”: a dialogue with members of multidisciplinary teams serving in Brazilian domestic violence courts'. This article aims to understand the workings of multidisciplinary teams in Domestic Violence Courts in Brazil. We seek to identify and understand the possible changes developed in these specialised spaces, which now exist for over a decade, that are turned to new responses capable of challenging the traditional way of doing things in the country’s Criminal Justice System. For that purpose and based on empirical research carried out in seven Brazilian capital cities, we will highlight some of the reflections extracted from focus groups carried out with the aforementioned multidisciplinary teams, as well as draw on the perceptions extracted from interviews with magistrates who work with domestic violence and victims of this type of conflict. In the end, we highlight the need for recognition of the importance of multidisciplinary teams when searching for new “ways out” in the domestic violence against women arena, as well as the need to see/admit the rigid borders of our “legal world”.
ISBN: 2179-8966
MMP Mello, FF Rosenblatt and CSLQ Medeiros, 'O que pensam as juízas e os juízes sobre a aplicação da Lei Maria da Penha: um princípio de diálogo com a magistratura de sete capitais brasileiras' (2018) 8 Revista Brasileira de Políticas Públicas (Brazilian Journal of Public Policy) 422
DOI: 10.5102/rbpp.v8i1.5147
'What do judges think about the application of The Maria da Penha Law: an attempted dialog with the judges sitting on all domestic violence courts located in seven Brazilian cities'. The research on which this paper is based – commissioned by Brazil’s National Council of Justice – was aimed at understanding the application of the Act No. 11.340/2006 (Brazil’s domestic violence law), also known as the ‘Maria da Penha Law’, by the Brazilian Judiciary, over 10 years after its introduction. Based on 24 (twenty four) semi-structured interviews with all judges sitting on the domestic violence courts included in this study, as well as on an extensive literature review of the key themes that emerged from the data, the aim in this article is to present the judges’ views on: the role and importance of the protective measures for victims (e.g. restraining orders) and of the multidisciplinary teams (of social workers, psychologists and pedagogues) working within the domestic violence courts; the replacement by the Maria da Penha Law of the 1995 Act, hampering, thus, the use of alternative measures during trial proceedings (e.g. the possibility of trials being suspended against the defendant); the profile of defendants and victims, including judge’s views on what do women victims of domestic violence expect when they enter through the gates of domestic violence courts in Brazil; among other topics. Finally, the judges’ perceptions about the use of restorative justice practices in cases of domestic violence are discussed, as a means of introducing a qualified national debate on the need to go beyond the traditional punitive-retributive responses to violence against women to consider restorative alternatives.
ISBN: 2236-1677
FF Rosenblatt, MMP Mello and CSLQ Medeiros, 'Quem são elas e o que elas dizem? Representações das mulheres usuárias dos Juizados (ou Varas) de Violência Doméstica em seis capitais brasileiras' (2018) 146 Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais 329
'Who are they and what do they say? Representations of female victims in domestic violence courts across six Brazilian capital cities'. This article is based on findings from a national research project entitled “Between Retributive “”: the Maria da Penha Law and its application by the Brazilian Judiciary” and funded by Brazil’s National Council of Justice. The aim is to present a profile of female victims who had their cases dealt with by domestic violence courts located in six different Brazilian cities, as well as to assess their experiences with the criminal justice system. In this vein, documentary analysis of court files was performed to collect quantitative data on these women’s socioeconomic backgrounds. As for the qualitative component of the study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with victims who entered the gates of these specialised courts. On the one hand, it was found that, as the typical clients in the criminal justice system, most victims in the domestic violence courts included in this study are poor and working class women. On the other hand, findings suggest that the criminal justice system’s bet on retributive-punitive practices to deal with cases involving domestic violence against women often leads to processes of secondary victimization.
ISBN: 1415-5400
C Hoyle and FF Rosenblatt, 'Looking Back to the Future: Threats to the Success of Restorative Justice in the United Kingdom' (2016) 11 Victims & Offenders 30
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2015.1095830
Recent years have witnessed an entrenchment of restorative justice principles and practices in the youth and adult criminal justice systems of the United Kingdom. This research presents a comparative analysis of the findings of two empirical studies—one of a police restorative cautioning scheme conducted 15 years ago, and the second a contemporary study of youth offender panels. In this research, we argue that restorative justice practices in the United Kingdom are repeating history, rather than learning from it. Specifically, we argue that if restorative justice programs continue to proliferate with the same shortcomings—most notably, inadequate victim involvement, failure to provide a genuine role for the community, and targeting only relatively low-level crime—the future for restorative justice in the United Kingdom is likely to be bleak.
ISBN: 1556-4886
FF Rosenblatt, 'Community involvement in restorative justice: lessons from an English and Welsh case study on youth offender panels' (2014) 2 Restorative Justice: An International Journal 280
DOI: 10.5235/20504721.2.3.280
Restorativists have always promoted (and, indeed, fiercely defended) the involvement of the community in restorative justice programmes. Nevertheless, in order to justify community participation in restorative processes, they have often relied on assumptions that have not yet been empirically verified. The research on which this article is based was aimed at confronting such assumptions. A case study approach was adopted to examine the involvement of the community in one selected practice of restorative justice, namely youth offender panels in England and Wales. Data collection comprised interviews with key stakeholders involved in the process, as well as observation of panel meetings and examination of related documents. Through a qualitative analysis of the data, an attempt to understand the meaning and impact of ‘community involvement’ in youth offender panels was made. This article summarises the main findings and reflects on the implications of the English and Welsh experience for the development of a more coherent framework when operationalising community involvement in restorative justice programmes.
ISBN: 2050-4721

Chapter (7)

FF Rosenblatt, 'How do we walk the talk? Some reflections on restorative justice's (perhaps not so?) hidden values' in B Pali, K Lauwaert and S Pleysier (eds), The Praxis of Justice: Liber Amicorum Ivo Aertsen (Eleven International 2019)
ISBN: 9789462369696
C Hoyle and FF Rosenblatt, 'La Justicia Restaurativa en Reino Unido: repitiendo los errores del pasado' in H Soleto and A Carrascosa (eds), Justicia Restaurativa: una justicia para las víctimas (Tirant lo Blanch 2019)
ISBN: 9788413136806
FF Rosenblatt and E Weitekamp, 'Restorative justice around the world and in cases of mass victimisation' in R Peacock (ed), Victimology in Africa (Van Schaik 2019)
ISBN: 9780627037139
FF Rosenblatt and MMP Mello, 'Criminology in Brazil: Beyond "Made-in-the-North" Criminological Narratives' in RA Triplett (ed), The Handbook of The History and Philosophy of Criminology (Wiley Blackwell 2018)
ISBN: 9781119011354
FF Rosenblatt, 'Pesquisa em Justiça Restaurativa' in ML Pelizzoli (ed), Justiça Restaurativa: Caminhos da Pacificação Social (Editora UFPE 2016)
ISBN: 9788570618146
FF Rosenblatt, 'Restorative Justice and the Blurring Between Reparation and Rehabilitation' in T Gavrielides (ed), Offenders No More: An Interdisciplinary Restorative Justice Dialogue (Nova Publishers 2016)
ISBN: 9781634836814
FF Rosenblatt, 'Uma Saída Restaurativa ao Processo de Vitimização Secundária' in W Rebello Filho, H Piedade Junior and E Kosovski (eds), Vitimologia na Contemporaneidade (Letra Capital 2016)
ISBN: 9788577853809

Book (1)

FF Rosenblatt, The Role of Community in Restorative Justice (Routledge 2015)
Although restorative justice is probably one of the most talked about topics in contemporary criminology, little has been written about how community involvement in restorative justice translates into practice. While advocates have presented the community as an essential pillar of restorative justice, the rationale for why and how this is the case remains underdeveloped and largely unchallenged. This book offers an empirical and theoretical explanation of what ‘community involvement’ means and what work it does in restorative justice. Drawing on an empirical case study and the wider sociological literature, The Role of Community in Restorative Justice examines the involvement of the community in one selected practice of restorative justice and also considers the implications of the English and Welsh experience for development of a more coherent framework for operationalizing community involvement in restorative justice practices. It is argued that restorative justice programmes need to start from a more concrete and up-to-date notion of community. While operationalizing community involvement, they need to acknowledge, all at once: the importance of place; the importance of family links, friendship and other social ties; and the importance of similar social traits and identities. This book is essential reading for students, researchers and academics in the fields of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, community studies, policy studies, social policy and socio-legal studies. This book will also be valuable reading for a variety of practitioners and policymakers, particularly working with restorative justice and youth justice.
ISBN: 9781138288706

Centres

Research Interests

Restorative Justice, Domestic Violence, Victimology, Criminal Justice, Criminology

Research projects