The analysis will document legislation related to restitution and compensation of immovable (real) property confiscated or otherwise wrongly seized by the Nazis during the period 1933 to 1945. The analysis will be the first and only compilation of this type of information. It will also be a dynamic tool, meaning that it can be updated and modified to reflect legal changes relating to ongoing restitution and compensation efforts.
The analysis will document restitution across three main categories:
• community property
• private property
• unclaimed property
Prof. Michael J. Bazyler and Lee Crawford Boyd are co-directing the project, which has already brought together the research efforts of over 40 pro bono attorneys from major global law firms including White & Case, O’Melveny & Myers, Morgan Lewis, Fried Frank, and Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck. These pro bono attorneys, under the guidance of the directors and their associates, completed research reports addressing the status of restitution legislation in a particular Terezin Declaration country. The reports also provided a preliminary analysis on the country’s compliance with its Terezin Declaration commitments.
The project team has analysed the reports of the pro bono attorneys, supplementing them with its own data, and finalized questionnaires addressed to each Terezin Declaration government. In the beginning of August, 2015 all questionnaires have been sent to the Terezin Declaration countries in order the governments can confirm the data already gathered by the pro bono attorneys and the project team, as well as to fill-in any remaining gaps in information relating to restitution legislation and case law.
Once government questionnaires are returned, response data will be reviewed and organised by the project co-directors and their team prior to publication in the database.
The questionnaires are divided into 13 sections. Sections III – V contain country-specific questions focusing on each Terezin Declaration country and the legislation in effect relating to restitution and/or compensation of immovable property.
Sample questionnaire can be found here.