The Gendered Dimensions of Conflict's Aftermath: A Victim-Centered Approach to Compensation [Abstract]
Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 20.2 (Summer 2006)
July 28, 2006
Here, we focus on remedies that shift from perpetrator-centered tribunals to victim-centered compensation commissions. Using the United Nations Compensation Commission established to provide restitution to Kuwaiti citizens following the Iraqi invasion as an example, we argue that the restitution model is a more humane and ethical option for managing the aftermath of conflict than war crimes tribunals, which employ a retributive philosophy. Using the limited evidence available on compensation and rebuilding, we make concrete recommendations for an approach to post-conflict adjudication that makes the well-being of victims its top priority.
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