The Handbook of Reparations

ISBN : 9780199545704

Pablo De Greiff
1056 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Aug 2008
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This Handbook is provides a broad range of essential information about past experiences with massive reparations programs as well as normative guidance for future practice. It examines in detail reparations programs in different parts of the world; includes thematic papers on topics that frequently come about in the design and implementation of reparations programs; and, finally, reproduces key documents on reparations, including national legislation. In addition to providing a wealth of factual information about a wide range of reparations programs (some of them previously unexamined), the thematic papers break new ground, tackling issues that have not been sufficiently addressed (if at all) in the literature, including the very notion of justice in reparations for the massive cases, the relationship between material compensation and other symbolic measures of reparations, and the complicated set of questions around how to provide reparations to victims of sexual violence. Finally, the book makes available fundamental documents on reparations, including national legislation. These documents - which are either difficult to find or have never been translated into English before - are both directly relevant to the case studies and the thematic papers, and illuminating to those thinking prospectively about the design and implementation of reparations programs.


1. Economic Reparations for Grave Human Rights Violations: The Argentine Experience
2. The Reparations Policy for Human Rights Violations in Chile
3. The Reparations Program in Brazil
4. The Reparations Proposals of the Truth Commissions in El Salvador and Haiti: A History of Non-Compliance
5. Overview of the Reparations Program in South Africa
6. Reparations in Malawi
7. Report on Redress: The Japanese-American Internment
8. Compensation for the Victims of September 11th
9. The United Nations Compensation Commission
10. German Reparations to the Jews after World War Two: A Turning Point in the History of Reparations
11. Making Good Again: Compensation for Nazi Concentration Camp Inmates

12. Justice and Reparations
13. Reparations, International Law, and Global Justice: A New Frontier
14. The Relevance of Inter-American Human Rights Law and Practice to Repairing the Past
15. Reparations and Civil Litigation: Compensation for Human Rights Violations in Transitional Democracies
16. Narrowing the Micro and Macro: A Psychological Perspective on Reparations in Societies in Transition
17. Reparations and Mental Health: Psychosocial Interventions towards Healing, Human Agency, and Rethreading Social Realities
18. Reparation of Sexual Violence in Democratic Transitions: The Search for Gender Justice
19. Financing Reparations Programs: Reflections from International Experience
20. Reparations and Microfinance Schemes

21. Argentina
22. Nunca Mas: The Report of the Argentine National Commission on the Disappeared,

23. Brazil
24. El Salvador
25. Haiti
26. South Africa
27. Malawi
28. US: Japanese-American Internment
29. US: September 11, 2001
30. Germany: Jewish Victims of the Holocaust
31. Germany: Forced and Slave Labor

About the author: 

Pablo De Greiff is Director of Research at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). Originally from Colombia, he obtained his B.A. at Yale and his Ph.D. in philosophy at Northwestern University. As Director of the ICTJ's Research Unit, he has overseen a global reparations project and has been actively engaged in disseminating the results via papers, conferences, and technical assistance in Guatemala, Peru, and to the United Nations. Prior to joining ICTJ, he was associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has written extensively on transitions to democracy, democratic theory, and the relationship between morality, politics, and law. From 2000 to 2001, he was the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

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