The Handbook of Reparations

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Oxford University Press, UK, Mar 30, 2006 - Law - 1020 pages
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Offering the most comprehensive book-length study to-date of reparation programmes, this handbook contains an innovative blend of case-study analysis, thematic papers, and national legislation documents from leading scholars and practitioners. This landmark work will make a genuine contribution to the theory and practice of reparations. - ;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. - ;De Greiff's professional philosophical background is what elevates and distinguishes this handbook from being merely a how-to exercise...Highly recommended. - A.S. Rosenbaum, CHOICE, Vol. 44, No. 11

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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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