Quick Reference

Pl. n. (in international law)

1 Compensation for injuries or international torts (breaches of international obligations). Whenever possible, international courts or arbitration tribunals will rule that reparations be made by means of restitution in kind; if this is not possible, compensation is by payment of a sum equivalent to the value of restitution in kind. The aim of reparations is to eradicate the consequences of the illegal act. It is not clear, however, whether there is an obligation to make reparations for all breaches of international law.

2 Payments made by a defeated state to the conquering state to compensate for damage suffered by the victor.

Subjects: Law.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »