Topic: The Austrian in rem restitution measures since 2001 - dealing with holocaust-related expropriations today

Presenter: Professor August Reinisch - Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna

The 2001 General Settlement Fund Law, adopted by the Republic of Austria in implementation of the Washington Agreement 2001 concluded with the US, permits a partial review of already decided restitution cases concerning Nazi expropriations. It generally covers only "publicly-owned" real estate property taken in Austria between 1938 and 1945. 

In order to recommend restitution such property should never have been previously the subject of a restitution decision. In exceptional circumstances, however, "where the Arbitration Panel unanimously determines that such a decision or settlement constituted an extreme injustice" the res judicata effect of such unjust prior solutions will be overturned. 

This presentation will address the political and legal background of the specific Austrian restitution legislation and briefly explain the functioning of the In Rem Restitution Panel entrusted with deciding such cases today.

All welcome, please register by emailing Beth Williams.

Contact: Beth Williams, ph: 334 69350, email:

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