East-West Center aids law seminar in Cambodia
The East-West Center helped to put on a workshop in international criminal law recently in Cambodia to assist defense lawyers in preparing for the trial of Khmer Rouge leaders, according to a news release.
The Asian International Justice Initiative, a collaboration between the East-West Center, Hawaii, and the War Crimes Studies Center at the University of California-Berkeley, is working with the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Defense Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to help Cambodian defense counsel focus on the key legal issues likely to play a role in the upcoming trials.
The training included an overview of the international crimes, including crimes against humanity such as murder, extermination, forced labor and deportation, and sexual violence, as well as genocide.
David Cohen, director of the War Crimes Studies Center and an adjunct senior fellow at the East-West Center, chaired the workshop.
A workshop for the Khmer Rouge trials' prosecution teams will be conducted in August.
Funding for the workshop comes from a grant to the East-West Center from the British Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.