UH Manoa law professor and student contribute to Handbook on Reparations

Comprehensive essay collection examines reparations programs for human rights victims

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jun 6, 2006

HONOLULU — The Handbook of Reparations, a groundbreaking collection of essays launched in May by the International Center for Transitional Justice and published by Oxford University Press, includes a lengthy chapter on the process of Japanese American redress authored by Eric Yamamoto and Liann Ebesugawa of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s William S. Richardson School of Law. Yamamoto is a professor of law and Ebesugawa is a 2004 graduate.

At more than 1,000 pages, the comprehensive study is the result of more than three years of intensive international and interdisciplinary research and the collaborative work of 27 authors from 14 countries. Written from a transitional justice perspective, the book employs a unique approach in examining national reparations programs by analyzing the experiences, needs and impacts on victims.

Yamamoto‘s and Ebesugawa‘s collaborative effort is the only chapter in the handbook dealing with the United States.

The book provides a broad range of essential information about past experiences with massive reparations programs as well as normative guidance for future practice. Focusing on such varied contexts as Chile, Malawi, the September 11 Fund, and post-war Germany, case studies in the book offer new information about programs in different parts of the world that have never before been analyzed.

The Handbook of Reparations is available for purchase from Oxford University Press at www.oup.com .