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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Restorative Justice

Pietro Sullo

Transitional justice — International criminal law, victims — Reparations — Mediation — Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In the late 1960s scholars and law practitioners disapproving dispute resolution mechanisms exclusively based on retributive justice started arguing that an offence can be grappled with and resolved directly involving all the actors concerned, giving birth to a movement in favour of a restorative approach to justice. 2 Restorative justice, often contrasted against retributive justice, is focused on the involvement of all the actors concerned by a crime in a process of relations re-building. It is a response to criminal offences focused on repairing the harm...
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