Feasibility of identifying transgenerational trauma liability by reviewing the Katanga case

Document Type : Original Article


1 ferdowsi university

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The crimes of Katanga and his accomplices in Bogoru have left 297 people dead or somehow victimized. After the case was opened in the International Criminal Court, Five of the victims demanded compensation for traumas caused indirectly, This can be called transgenerational trauma. the Chamber found in respect of These victims that, although they “are, in all likelihood, suffering from transgenerational psychological harm, but no evidence is laid before the Chamber to establish on a balance of probabilities the causal nexus between the trauma suffered and the attack on Bogoro. However Scientific research has revealed that it is possible to transfer the trauma from parents to children Epigenetic transmission and social transmission are two theories that can be relied upon in this regard. The certainty of the trauma, the consequence of the effects of the crime and the fixation of the cause are also important conditions for claiming such damages. Compensation can also be material, spiritual, symbolic, or a combination of these.


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Available Online from 24 May 2023
  • Receive Date: 28 December 2019
  • Revise Date: 21 November 2021
  • Accept Date: 24 May 2023