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Remedy is a topic to be approached with some trepidation in the area of accountability. Throughout three decades of proliferating International Accountability Mechanisms ( IAMs), remedy has been the issue least addressed by leadership. Most management and board members find it threatening, wherever a remedial action falls on the spectrum, from an apology for error to financial compensation. The pursuit of remedy builds on the demonstrated existence of harm, which is embarrassing at the least, and brings a focus on consequences and actionable steps for those people whose lives have been damaged as well as for environmental violations. This short essay addresses the evolution of remedy, beginning with the experience of the first mechanism, the Inspection Panel (IPN), which included only a compliance review function without associated authority to make recommendations or monitor the institution’s responses. The essay considers these authorities and the addition of a dispute resolution function at other IAMs.



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