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A Framework for Reparations Claims

By Keith N Hylton


These remarks, prepared for the Boston College Third World Law Journal Reparations Symposium. compare the goals and viability of reparations claims as tort suits. I contrast two approaches observed in the claims: a \u22doing justice\u22 model, which involves seeking compensation in important cases of uncorrected or uncompensated injustice, and a \u22social welfare\u22 model that seeks to change the distribution of wealth. Claims under the first category are far more consistent with tort doctrine and likely to meet their goals than social welfare-based claims

Topics: Civil Rights and Discrimination
Publisher: Digital Commons @ Boston College Law School
Year: 2004
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