A Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh   

German court rejects Serb civilian compensation claim for NATO attack

[JURIST] The German Federal Court of Justice [official website] ruled [press release, in German] Thursday that because the country was not directly involved in the 1999 NATO bombings that killed 10 Serbs [CNN report] and injured 30, it is not obligated to compensate victims. The 35 Serbs who brought the case against Germany [JURIST news archive], a member of NATO [official website], however, argued that the country could have used its veto power to prevent the air strikes [BBC backgrounder].

The attack, on May 30, 1999, was part of NATO's campaign to drive Serb forces out of Kosovo [JURIST news archive]. The court also ruled that German law allows for compensation between states, but not for compensation between states and individuals. Reuters has more.

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.