The design and implementation of an optimalreparation program: How should limited resourcesfor material reparation be distributed across victimsof the Colombian conflict?
The Justice and Peace Law includes a mechanism in accordance with which victims of theColombian conflict can seek reparation from illegal armed groups. This paper examines thereparation of victims under the Justice and Peace Law by reference to economic, political andsocial considerations, and then compares such reparation to other methods by which materialresources could be distributed across the victim population. The analysis concludes thatreparation under the Justice and Peace Law should continue, but that additional developmentassistance should be provided to the broader victim population.
Student of Public Administration and International Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Harvard University. Contact:Mark_Richards@ksg07.harvard.edu.I would like to acknowledge thesupport of Belinda Hoff and my family, friends and colleagues at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. I particularly thank my advisors, Professors Frederick Schauer and Matthew Andrews, fortheir guidance. Finally, I appreciate the financial assistance provided by Nancy Germeshausen Klavansand by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy,and the Women and Public Policy Program, of Harvard University.