Source: (2000) Paper presented at Just Peace? Peace Making and Peace Building for the New Millennium. Albany , Auckland. New Zealand. April 24-28, 2000.With the growing prominence of restorative justice interventions, criminal justice is being reconceptualised in terms of a new paradigm of justice. The central concept of this new paradigm is empowerment. The paper articulates the meaning and application of this idea in restorative justice philosophy and practice.