‘Justice on the Margins’ in Cambodia

On Friday 7 June, Christoph Sperfeldt, Regional Program Coordinator at the Asian International Justice Initiative, and Sarah Williams, Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, UNSW presented a seminar entitled ‘Justice on the Margins: victim participation and reparations in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)’. The seminar provided a background to the establishment and mandate of the ECCC, the tribunal established by the Government of Cambodia in cooperation with the United Nations to try senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge and those responsible for the human rights violations committed during the period of Democratic Kampuchea from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979. Some of the innovative features of the ECCC is the inclusion of rights of civil party participation in its procedure and the ability to order judicial and non-judicial reparations. This seminar concentrated on the ECCC’s experience in civil party participation and reparations to date, as well as the lessons offered for other tribunals, such as the International Criminal Court, that face the challenge of implementing provisions on victims’ participation and reparations.