Elmar Weitekamp is a restorative justice pioneer in Germany. He is studying the relationship between the restorative justice movement and the human rights movement which led to truth and reconciliation commissions.
He currently serves as Professor of Criminology, Victimology and Restorative Justice in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium. Weitekamp began his career as a Social Worker in the Department of Juvenile Welfare for the City of Mchengladbach, Germany.
After earning an M.S.W. in Social Work in 1980 at Fachhochschule Niederrhein, Mnchengladbach, Germany, and an M.A. in Criminology (1982) at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, he entered the field of criminological research at the University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. Weitekamp then taught in various positions at the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, and earned a Ph.D. in Criminology for the Graduate Group of Managerial Sciences and Applied Economics, The Wharton School (1989).