Reparations for Victims of Gross and Systematic Human Rights Violations: The Notion of Victim

2003 Robouts and Vandeginste

Through a combined legal and social science analysis, this paper reflects on one of the root concepts of reparation. As reparation occurs in response to victimization, this paper concentrates on the notion of a victim.1 The notion of the victim will be explored from a socio-political perspective and from an international legal perspective. By way of conclusion, these two approaches will be interwoven in order to consider a more comprehensive definition of a victim.

Key wordsConvention against Torture / torture / torture prevention