The Notion of Reparations as a Restorative Justice Measure

  • Antonio Buti
Conference paper

The term ‘reparations’ has many possible meanings but at its most basic it refers to restoring justice, atoning and making amends for a wrong. Reparations seek to repair injuries caused by wrongs. It often involves looking backwards to the wrong and looking forward to repairing and reconciliation.

Since World War II and particularly from the early 1990s, there has been an escalation of demands for reparations for historical injustices. Governments and their citizens are being asked to respond to the policies and practices of earlier governments or their agents by taking measures to address the harm and injustices that they perpetrated. It should be added that churches and private organization have also had demands placed on them to make redress for past wrongful acts.


Distributive Justice Restorative Justice International Criminal Court Residential School Reparation Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Buti
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  1. 1.Law School, University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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