Source: (2013) Restorative Justice: An International Journal. 1(1):20-22.

Properly conceived, justice is a holistic concept that includes procedural justice, distributive justice, social justice, and restorative justice, alongside last resort to punitive justice. That said, all the Christie arguments in favour of reconciliation as an alternative seem good arguments. We might also note here the greater embrace in United Nations discourse of ‘reconciliation’ than of ‘restorative justice’, though both are increasingly well received. On the other hand, in international law discourse, reconciliation tends to be separated from truth and justice, where justice is narrowly thought to mean punishing people through criminal trials. Consistent with the Christie concerns, retributivists are winning against restorativists in the battle for the soul of ‘transitional justice.' (Excerpt)