Presentation by Sangeetha Yogendran at the Peace Research Center Prague.
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is a special Cambodian court that tries senior representatives of the Khmer Rouge regime for international crimes committed between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979 that cost the lives of at least 1.7 million people. Over its fifteen year-long history, the ECCC has been appraised for its contribution to developing substantive international criminal law and enhanced recognition of victims in criminal proceedings as well as heavily criticised for its procedural inefficiency, selectivity of prosecuted cases and politicisation by the Cambodian government. How effective are hybrid criminal courts in ensuring accountability for international crimes? And is it worth prosecuting international crimes more than four decades after they were committed?
The ECCC’s legacy, legitimacy of the proceedings and its contribution to the transitional justice in Cambodia will be discussed by Nikola Kurková Klímová, researcher at the Peace Research Center Prague, and Sangeetha Yogendran, Ph.D. Fellow at the Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law and Criminology, University of Ghent.
The debate will be moderated by Barbara Dufková and Tomáš Bruner, who will provide introductory and concluding remarks.
April 6, 2021
Organized by Peace Research Center Prague