Corrective Justice Among States
The debate concerning solidarity and justice among states has missed the key
contribution made to international affairs by corrective justice. Unlike distributive
justice, which applies within states, corrective justice applies among states. It applies
in particular to cooperative arrangements creating interdependence among them.
Corrective justice does not require fairness in outcomes. It requires redress in cases
of loss caused by unfairness. An illustration of corrective justice among states is the
Eurozone’s response to the financial crisis. The assistance offered to the most
burdened states was not as an attempt to arrive at fair shares but an attempt to
remedy the losses unfairly caused by the mistakes made by the Eurozone as a whole,
when designing its basic architecture.
P Eleftheriadis, 'Corrective Justice Among States' 2 Ius Cogens (2020)