The ECCC – history and structure

In cooperation with the gallery Meta House the KAF will offer the fifth panel discussion on Monday evenings. Participants and experts from the Tribunal will discuss and answer questions about the history and structure of the ECCC.



at Pannanastra International School (PSIS) Conference Hall

No. 18 A, Street 370

on March 03 2008, 7 PM


The arrest and indictments of senior leaders / How does a mixed tribunal – the UN and Cambodian- work in practice? Will it be a fair trial? Can the tribunal meet the expectations of Cambodian people? Will it be able to answer questions about why this regime massacred its own people?


2001 The Cambodian National Assembly passed a law to set up a tribunal.

2003 UN legal affairs signed a treaty with the Cambodian government to aid and assist the mixed tribunal with international lawyers and judges working together with Cambodian counterparts. This court is called the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia for the Prosecution of Crimes Committed during the Period of Democratic Kampuchea (Khmer Rouge regime April 1975- January1979)

Cambodia invited international participation due to the weakness of the Cambodian legal system and the international nature of the crimes. The tribunal is committed to observe international standards of justice.


19:00 – 19:05 Greetings by Meta House, Introduction of guest speakers and moderator

19:05 – 19:10Greetings by Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)

19:10 – 19:20Introduction to the topic by moderator Caroline Schmidt - Gross

19:20 – 19:35 Helen Jarvis (Chief of Public Affairs, ECCC)

19:35 – 19:55 Robert Petit (Co-Prosecutor, ECCC)

19:55 – 20:10 David Boyle (Office of the Co-Investigating Judges ECCC)

20:10 – 20:25 Hisham Moussa (ADHOC)

20:25 – 20:30Summary by moderator

20:30 – 21:00Open group discussion

Biography of the speakers and moderator

Helen Jarvis (Public Affairs ECCC/ Australia)

Is an Australian Academic who has been an advisor to the Cambodian government’s Task Force on the Khmer Rouge trials since 1999. She was Head of the School of Information Library and Archive Studies at the University of New Wales and Documentation Consultant Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Programme. Together with Tom Fawthrop, she was co-author of “Getting away with genocide? “

Robert Petit (Co-Prosecutor/ Canada)

Mr. Petit has significant experience in international criminal law. He served as a Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda, 1996-1999; Regional Legal Advisor United Nations Mission in Kosovo in Mitrovica, Kosovo from 1999-2000; Prosecutor, Serious Crimes Unit, United Nations Mission of Assistance to East Timor in 2002; Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown, Sierra Leone from 2003-2004.

David Boyle (Australian lawyer, ECCC Investigator, Researcher, Analyst)

David Boyle holds a Doctorate degree in international law from the University of Paris. He wrote his PhD thesis, in French language, on the UN and Cambodia from 1979 to 2003, covering the evolution through peace to democratization and international criminal justice. Has also written about the role of victims in proceedings against the ECCC. He participated as an assistant to the Judges in drafting the Internal Rules of the ECCC. Boyle is currently working in the ECCC Office of the Co-Investigating Judges.

Hisham Mousar (Programme Manager of Khmer Rouge Tribunal project of ADHOC/ French-Cambodian)

Hisham Mousar is a PhD candidate at the Sorbonne University (Paris) in International Law and is currently preparing his PhD thesis on "internationalized tribunals" under the supervision of Professor Geneviève Bastid-Burdeau. He is also working at ADHOC (Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association) as Special Assistant to the President, Mr. Thun Saray, and General Coordinator of the Khmer Rouge Trials and International Criminal Court Program.

Khmer Rouge Trials and International Criminal Court Program began in December 2006 and is being implemented throughout the country. This project includes outreach activities, psychological support, legal support for the population and victims, protection of witnesses and victims, and training for journalists in Cambodia. It also includes close monitoring of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and of the general population in the field. ADHOC chairs the CHRAC (Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee), which is heavily involved in KRT process. The participation of three of the four first civil parties appearing before the ECCC was facilitated by ADHOC. This is the first time in history that the participation of civil parties formed a part of International Criminal Law. Additionally, he co-authored the 2005 FIDH report on the Implementation of the Rome Statute in Cambodia Law.

Chair person/ Moderator Caroline Schmidt-Gross (Co-director of the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

Before she came to Cambodia she was the head of the office „Text und Training“ an agency for journalism in Hamburg. Since 1983 she has been working as a journalist, mainly writing for die tageszeitung and die Die Zeit. She also spent several years working for radio and television. Furthermore, she was one of the heads of the annual film festival in Hamburg. Since 2001 she is teaching working journalists and students. 1996 she was reporting from Rwanda and Kongo covering the civil war and the refugee problem. She has a MA in Social Anthropology (University of Hamburg) and is living with her two boys in Phnom Penh since 2007.

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Wolfgang Meyer

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