Case concerning Kasikili/Sedudu Island (Botswana/Namibia), Judgment of 13 December 1999: border dispute.
Legal Consequences for States of the Continued Presence of South Africa in Namibia (South West Africa) notwithstanding Security Council Resolution 276 (1970), Advisory Opinion of 21 June 1971
No cases involving Namibia.
Members of the Herero tribe in Namibia filed a lawsuit under the US Alien Tort Claims Act against Deutsche Bank and Woermann Line (doing business as Deutsche Afrika-Linien GmbH & Company) in US court in 2001 seeking reparations for enslavement, extermination, forced labor, medical experimentation, and other crimes in the pursuit of common financial interests under German colonial rule between 1904 and 1907.
In February 2003, the same plaintiffs brought a separate action in the District Court of the District of Columbia against the German Government alleging violations of international law, crimes against humanity, genocide, slavery, and forced labour.
The case was dismissed on 11 June 2004 for failure to state an actionable claim (see pdf below). The plaintiffs appealed to the US Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case.
Source: Political Apologies and Reparations, and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
For more information, see for instance: Allan D. Cooper, "Reparations for the Herero Genocide: Defining the limits of international litigation", African Affairs 2007, 106(422), pp. 113-126.
Rachel J. Anderson, "Redressing Colonial Genocide Under International Law: The Hereros' Cause of Action Against Germany", California Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 1155, 2005.
Last updated: 13 November 2009