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Collective reparation for victims of armed conflict

30-09-2010 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 879, by Friedrich Rosenfeld

The victims of armed conflicts are not only individuals but also collectives. The present article therefore examines the issue of collective reparation. While it is submitted that the question whether there is a right to such a remedy is not yet settled, it is argued that responsible parties should develop robust programmes of collective reparation.

Abstract

Reparations are essential to establishing justice after armed conflicts. The question whether international law endorses an individual right to reparation has been a focal point of recent discussion in that regard. The victims of armed conflicts are, however, not only individuals but also collectives. The present article therefore examines the issue of collective reparation. While it is submitted that the question whether there is a right to such a remedy is not yet settled, it is argued that responsible parties should develop robust programmes of collective reparation. 

Biography

Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld studied at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and Columbia Law School in New York.


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