Source: (2013) Undergraduate Transitional Justice Review. 4(1):2-18.

In the following pages, restorative justice is discussed in both theoretical and practical terms. The difficulties inherent to defining restorative justice are discussed and the United Nations’ definition is accepted for the following analysis. A rights-based criticism of restorative justice is outlined and revealed as a weak counterargument when considered. The value of several restorative justice processes, namely truth commissions and family/community circles, are demonstrated to be useful forms of creating justice and improving communal relationships after an offense. Ultimately, restorative justice processes are revealed as having the potential to contribute to Western justice systems and to remedy the shortcomings of retributive justice. (author's abstract)

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