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Law and Practice of Reparations

Reparations Report

BIICL undertook a comparative study of the law and practice of reparations for education-related violations of international law, which led to the publication of a Report. This project followed-up on the research already completed by the Institute on the protection of education in insecurity and armed conflict, which culminated in the publication of Protecting Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict: An International Law Handbook.

This new Report, entitled Education and the Law of Reparations in Insecurity and Armed Conflict, considers how attacks on education during insecurity and armed conflict have been redressed in the past and may be redressed in the future. In identifying innovative approaches and new trends in the field of reparation, it reflects on how education can be used as a means of reparation and as a means to minimise the risk of conflicts recurring. In doing so, the publication brings together wide-ranging examples of law and practice from the international, regional and domestic spheres through an analysis of the relevant law in each sphere. This approach provides a strong foundation for recommendations for relevant future legal and policy decisions. These will assist those involved in the field in strengthening the right to reparation for education-related violations, as well as promoting the use of education as a means to repair the harm caused by other kinds of wrongful acts.

The Report is accompanied by a concise Summary written specifically for non-legal audiences. Electronic and downloadable copies (in PDF) of the Report and the Summary are available here:

This project was commissioned by Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), a Qatar-based organisation. The Report was first launched in Doha on 31 October 2013, as part of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Conference. It was then launched in London on 28 January 2014 as part of a seminar on the latest developments in the field of reparations.

The BIICL research team on reparations consists of Dr Francesca Capone, Dr Duncan Fairgrieve, Kristin Hausler and Dr Conor McCarthy (external consultant). BIICL has also set up a network of external advisors, comprising experts in the field of reparations. For more information, please contact Dr Duncan Fairgrieve or Kristin Hausler.

Seminar Series

To complement its research in the field, BIICL organises events on specific issues relating to reparations. In September 2012, BIICL held an event on the first ICC decision on reparations. The report of this event is available here.

In May 2013, BIICL held an event at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer entitled 'Redressing Violations of International Law: the Role of non-State actors in relation to Education'. The report of this event is available here.

In January 2014, BIICL held an event at the Law Society on the latest developments in the law of reparations. The report of this event is available here.