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The Legacy of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Maintaining the Status Quo of Cambodia’s Legal and Judicial System

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John Coughlan ,

Cambodian Center for Human Rights, KH
About John
John Coughlan (LLB; LLM) is senior legal consultant; The Cambodian Center for Human Rights is a non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organisation that works to promote and protect democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
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Sana Ghouse,

Cambodian Center for Human Rights, KH
About Sana
Sana Ghouse (LLB; MSc) is a legal consultant; The Cambodian Center for Human Rights is a non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organisation that works to promote and protect democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
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Richard Smith

Cambodian Center for Human Rights, KH
About Richard
Richard Smith (LLB; LLM) interned from September 2011 to March 2011. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights is a non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organisation that works to promote and protect democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
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Abstract

The Cambodian judicial system is fraught with deficiencies. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – established to try the leaders of the Khmer Rouge and those most responsible for the atrocities committed during the regime – has been hailed as a model court from which to bolster domestic legal and judicial reform. While the ECCC has made some steps towards providing a positive legacy - enhancing the capacity of the judiciary, addressing fair trial rights and standards of justice - in the absence of political will to address corruption and political interference, this legacy is superficial at best.

How to Cite: Coughlan, J., Ghouse, S. and Smith, R., 2012. The Legacy of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Maintaining the Status Quo of Cambodia’s Legal and Judicial System. Amsterdam Law Forum, 4(2), pp.16–35. DOI: http://doi.org/10.37974/ALF.218
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Published on 01 Mar 2012.
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