Tagarchief: Mensenrechten

Transformative Reparations for Victims under International Law: Changing the Game or More of the Same?

                                                                                          Julie Fraser & Brianne McGonigle Leyh

victims-rightsReparations are an old concept in both domestic and international law. Victims have long been repaired in some way for the harms they suffered themselves, to their families or property. Following World War II, victims received some type of reparation, usually paid by the State, for their profound losses, and just last year the Dutch Railways NS announced that it would pay reparations to victims for its role in transportation for the Nazi regime. In the USA there have been enduring discussions about the yet unpaid reparations for slavery. Along with these developments, there have been changes to the approaches taken to reparations. Firstly, reparations have been recognised as part of a victim’s right under international law. Secondly, critiques have arisen regarding the traditional approach of reparations that seeks to restore victims to the position they were in before the harm occurred. Academics and practitioners have criticised this approach as failing to address socio-economic disparities and unequal power structures, which may have led to the victimisation in the first place. The recent transformative justice movement, and transformative reparations in particular, grew out of the belief that it is ineffectual to place marginalised victims back into positions of marginalisation following serious harm. This blog, based on a recently published article, critically examines transformative reparations within the human rights and criminal context, and explores whether the concept of transformation is changing the game.

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Protocol 16 EVRM: baat het niet, dan schaadt het ook niet?

Janneke Gerards


Op 1 augustus a.s. treedt Protocol 16 bij het Europees Verdrag voor de Rechten van de Mens (EVRM) in werking voor de eerste tien staten die het hebben geratificeerd. Dit zogenaamde Advies- of Dialoogprotocol roept een nieuwe procedure in het leven bij het Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens (EHRM), die wel wat wegheeft van de prejudiciële procedure in het EU-recht. Specifiek aangewezen nationale hoogste rechters krijgen de mogelijkheid om, tijdens een lopende procedure, het EHRM te vragen om advies over principiële vragen over de interpretatie en toepassing van het EVRM. Is dit nu wel of niet een goed idee? Lees verder