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)

King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2015-37

16 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2015 Last revised: 27 Aug 2015

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David D. Caron

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law (deceased); University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (deceased)

Date Written: January 1, 2015

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Caron, David D., The United Nations Compensation Commission: Understanding an Institution and the Three Phases of its Work (January 1, 2015). Forthcoming in War Reparation and the UN Compensation Commission: Designing Compensation After Conflict (T Feighery, C Gibson & T Rajah, eds., Oxford, 2015); King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2015-37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2568091

David D. Caron (Contact Author)

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law (deceased)

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (deceased)

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