This research aims to examine whether historical injustices should be corrected. Historical injustices are cases of past wrongs, in which all the wrongdoers and all the victims have passed away. Are the descendants of the victims entitled to compensation? What kind of compensation? Who should bear the cost of this compensation, once all the wrongdoers have died? These are extremely difficult questions to answer, and they are politically sensitive. These are also practical questions, as courts in Europe, Australia and the U.S.A have struggled with those questions, and produced a variety of responses.
A careful, balanced systematic and precise research project, in the discipline of political theory, on this topic is required, as while the importance of this topic is obvious, there are very few fully developed research projects on this topic.
The research project will have two main parts. The first part is a full length book project on the question of historical injustices. The methodology of this book is that of analytical political theory. I intend however to examine several courts' decisions, including the important recent European human rights court decision of a case concerning Greek Cypriots. The second part, conducted in collaboration with scholars from UCLA and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, aims to examine some of the arguments, counter arguments and potential solutions in the context of the Israeli context. The final goal is to produce several peer reviewed publications on this topic, aside from the book mentioned.
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