Reparations: in search of a definition
Professor Yamamoto’s quote encompasses the many ingredients found in the general notion of redress: the search for an adequate address to a past injustice in pursuit of justice as a route to reconciliation. In its broader context, the idea of redressing past injustices evolved throughout history and has significantly developed throughout the course of the past century. Clustered under various definitions of redress, reparations, compensation and restitution – to name but a few – the literature abounds with interlinked terms used interchangeably. Efforts have thus been exerted in an attempt to understand why nations apologise, the meaning of human injustice, structuring a theory of redress and the various forms of the latter.