Lunch seminar with Alina Balta

Just Satisfaction at the European Court of Human Rights: Reparative Justice for Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations?


The chapter consists in an analysis of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) awards on just satisfaction, in cases involving gross human rights violations, scrutinized through the lens of reparative justice. It is conceptualized that reparative justice is the sum product of procedural justice, defined in terms of voice, information, and interaction, and of substantive justice, which refers to actual reparation measures that victims receive. The chapter is divided into five sections, as follows: after the brief introduction, where the research sub-question and methodology are put forward, section two provides an overview of the preparatory documents, which led to the establishment of the reparations regime at the ECtHR, as well as a outline of the ECtHR's legal basis on just satisfaction. Furthermore, the next section introduces the case law of the ECtHR, scrutinized using the theoretical framework of the chapter. The fourth section puts forward the results of the case-law analysis, followed by an overall discussion eliciting the ECtHR’s contribution to reparative justice for victims of gross human rights violations.

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