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War Reparations and the UN Compensation CommissionDesigning Compensation After Conflict$
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Timothy J. Feighery, Christopher S. Gibson, and Trevor M. Rajah

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199389735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389735.001.0001

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Dispute System Design

Dispute System Design

The United Nations Compensation Commission

Chapter 2 Dispute System Design
War Reparations and the UN Compensation Commission

Francis E. McGovern

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the design of the UNCC from a variety of perspectives: its historical setting, the alternative design approaches that have been taken in other compensation contexts, its design details, and its role in the design of future claims resolution facilities. The progress of the UNCC was speedy by international standards. After its conception in April 1991, the Secretariat of the UNCC was established in July 1991, the first decisions of the Governing Council were made in August, and claim forms were distributed that December. The first Commissioners were appointed in March 1993, and the first report by Commissioners making decisions regarding claims was submitted to the Governing Council in April 1994. The UNCC completed the entire claim review process by June 2005. This chapter also examines the extent to which concepts of legitimacy and rough justice conflict or reinforce each other in the context of the UNCC.

Keywords:   dispute system design, hybrid political-judicial process, rough justice, Executive Secretary, Governing Council, Commissioners, Secretariat, computerized decision trees, case matching, mass claims processing

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