The Reparation System of the International Criminal Court

Its Implementation, Possibilities and Limitations

When the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court was adopted in 1998, one of its great innovations was that victims were granted an active role in the proceedings. In its early jurisprudence on victims’ rights, the International Criminal Court stated that “the success of the Court is, to some extent, linked to the success of its reparation system.” This book is among the first to focus on the International Criminal Court’s power to order reparations to victims. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal framework of the reparation system, taking into account relevant Court decisions. Possibilities for its implementation are drawn up, providing potential solutions for its multiple challenges, including the distinct asymmetry between the individualized responsibility to provide reparations and the collective nature of the crimes and its consequences. With its practical approach, this book is particularly valuable for practitioners, but also for students and researchers.

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Eva Dwertmann, Ph.D. (2009) in Law, Humboldt University of Berlin, practiced international law with the German Red Cross and currently works for the German Federal Ministry of the Interior. She has published on Holocaust reparations including Zeitspiele. Die späte Entschädigung ehemaliger Ghettoarbeiter, in Frei/Brunner/Goschler (Eds.), Die Praxis der Wiedergutmachung (Wallstein, 2009).
"The author’s assessments of the underlying purposes and specific measures of reparation are thoughtful and widely convincing. The author does not confine herself to a mere description of the ICC law but provides a number of interesting ideas on a meaningful understanding and implementation of reparations in the context of international criminal justice. "
Elisa Hoven, Criminal Law Forum 25 (2014), p. 541–554.
Professionals at the International Criminal Court and other practitioners of international criminal law, students and scholars in international law, human rights and reparations.