Claims programmes that provide for restitution of land and property rights, compensation or other remedies to victims of conflict and gross human rights violations, play an ever increasing role in reconciliation and rebuilding measures following a conflict or crisis. They are an important rehabilitation tool for countries in transition and reduce the risk of a country relapsing into conflict. The complexity of resolving many thousands of claims in a short period of time, under high political pressure and with limited financial resources available requires careful early consideration of different possibilities and challenges for the implementation of a fair and effective process.
This book reports on the practices and experiences of international and national claims programmes and aims to give an overview of the different approaches taken for large-scale restitution of property rights and payment of compensation. As such, it outlines different options that could benefit those concerned with the planning, negotiation or design of future claims programmes.