Each year, countless people fall victim to crimes against humanity. These include widespread occurrences of systematic murder, torture, rape, disappearances, forced deportation and political persecution. Crimes against humanity constitute an attack on human dignity and as such they violate the human rights of the victim, as well as the laws of humanity.

In recent years, following the creation of the International Criminal Court, there has been a growing interest in the prosecution of offenders and, in particular, in reparation following crimes against humanity. While such measures are meant to provide justice for victims, victims are often forgotten or lost in legal debates about what constitutes reparation and who is eligible to receive it.

This book reaches beyond the boundaries of law and psychology and takes a multidisciplinary approach to the question of reparation for victims of crimes against humanity. Law does not take place in a vacuum and it is important to consider the impact of the law on the psychology of the victim, as well as the legal principles themselves. Herein lies the originality of this book, which bridges the gaps between psychology, victimology, criminology and law and will be of key interest to academics and students engaged in the study of these areas.

chapter |4 pages


part II|20 pages

Victims and the law

chapter 4|18 pages

Reparative justice at the International Criminal Court

Best practice or tokenism?

chapter 5|21 pages

It doesn't go away with time

Victims' need for reparation following crimes against humanity

chapter 6|19 pages

The prosecute or expel dilemma in far-away lands

Alternative universal justice for victims of international crimes

part III|58 pages

Victims and society

chapter 8|17 pages

The healing state?

Residential schools and reparations in Canada

chapter 9|12 pages

Transitional justice in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Understanding accountability, reparations and justice for victims

chapter 10|14 pages

The art of ackn owledgment

Re-imagining relationships in Northern Ireland

part IV|50 pages

Collective reparations and the law

chapter 13|19 pages

Reparations through different lenses

The culture, rights and politics of healing and empowerment after mass atrocities

part V|15 pages


chapter 14|13 pages

The healing role of reparation