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Tracing the origins and evolution of the restorative justice movement, this paper explores its relationship with the related frameworks of conflict transformation and trauma healing, within the broader field of peacebuilding. Over the last three decades, the conceptual framework and practices of restorative justice have received wide currency internationally. For example, restorative justice was used to help provide a conceptual framework for the mission of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa as well as for the Gacaca Tribunals in postwar Rwanda. Exploring some of the learnings from the implementation of this framework, the paper draws attention to a much-needed conversation between the diverse yet related fields of conflict transformation, trauma healing and restorative justice. Such a dialogue will not only facilitate a cross-fertilization of ideas, it will also strengthen peacebuilding practice. In this context, the paper explores some of the critical issues that lie ahead at this intersection as well as the areas of confluence and divergence between the three fields. (author's abstract).