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The series “Decisions of the Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution” documents Austria's most recent compensatory measures dealing with the consequences of the National Socialist era. For property seized during the National Socialist era and now publicly owned, the possibility of In Rem restitution, was provided for in the Washington Settlement Agreement of 17 January 2001.
The Arbitration Panel for In Rem Restitution, established with the General Settlement Fund in Vienna, decides on applications for restitution which mostly concern real property. With only a few exceptions, all properties had been the subject of restitution proceedings after 1945.
Since 2003, the Arbitration Panel has decided on a great number of applications, and has recommended the restitution of property to the legal successors of former owners in several cases. In the course of these decisions based on the General Settlement Fund Law, the Arbitration Panel has developed a complex case law.