The United Nations Compensation Commission: Understanding an Institution and the Three Phases of its Work
Forthcoming in War Reparation and the UN Compensation Commission: Designing Compensation After Conflict (T Feighery, C Gibson & T Rajah, eds., Oxford, 2015)
16 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2015 Last revised: 27 Aug 2015
Date Written: January 1, 2015
The United Nations Compensation Commission ("UNCC") is by almost any standard one of the most significant international institutions addressing a disaster of massive proportions, the 1991 Gulf War. Almost 2.7 million claims from 80-plus countries were submitted to the UNCC. By 2007, all of the claims had been reviewed, over USDS2 billion had been awarded, and more than three-quarters of that total amount had actually been paid to the victims of that conflict. Yet, these accomplishments are often not known even in academic circles, and relatively little academic assessment of this institution has taken place. This chapter provides a historical and structural frame for understanding this important institution.
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