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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)




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