A FRAMEWORK FOR REPARATIONS CLAIMS |
Keith N. Hylton
Boston University School of Law Working Paper 03-05
These remarks, prepared for the Boston College Reparations Symposium,
compare different reparations claims in terms of their goals and viability
as tort suits. I contrast two approaches observed in the claims: a "doing
justice" model, which involves seeking compensation in important
cases of uncorrected or uncompensated injustice; and a "social welfare"
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 the social welfare-based claims.
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