The Second Symposium on Reparations Under International Law


The international community has long wrestled with the question of reparations for the descendants of Africans who were enslaved in the Americas and the Caribbean.  Building on the First Symposium, which established the illegality of transatlantic chattel slavery under international law at the time it was perpetrated and examined the historical context and contemporary legacy of transatlantic chattel slavery, the Second Symposium will focus on the calculation of reparations due for the violations of international law arising from and caused by transatlantic chattel slavery and will feature discussions of the applicable international legal framework and the broad policy responses that could be considered under the rubric of satisfaction.

Convened by Judge Patrick Robinson of the International Court of Justice, attendees will hear from a roster of global experts on “Reparations under International Law for Enslavement of African Persons in the Americas and the Caribbean,” including Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of the International Court of Justice, Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, former UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Professor Verene Shepherd, Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, and Dr. Ahmed Reid, former Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, among several others.

The University of the West Indies and the American Society of International Law invite you to join us for this important conversation. More details will be available at Registration for this streamed Symposium is encourage but not required.

Date and Location

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 9:00am to Friday, February 10, 2023 - 5:00pm