Steven D. Roper


My colleague, LIlian A. Barria, and I were in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to survey local NGOs on various issues. While there, we were asked by the U.S. Department of State as part of a Target-of-Opportunity Grant to conduct workshops on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC). The ECCC is the last of the ad hoc war crimes tribunals, and our workshops placed the development of the ECCC within the broader development of war crimes tribunals. Based on our book, Designing Criminal Tribunals: Sovereignty and International Concerns in the Protection of Human Rights, we discussed the evolution from purely international to mixed or hybrid tribunals. We want to thank John Daigle, Public Affairs Officer, of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia for organizing a series of very interesting events and workshops (click here for the write-up of our visit on the Embassy's home page). . 

These photos were taken at a workshop in which approximately 500 victims of the Khmer Rouge regime attended, many from the Cham Muslim minority. The event was presided over by the chair of the Cambodian parliament's Commission for Legislation. We want to thank the Documenationt Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) for organizing the event and providing transportation to the villagers.

This second group of photos was taken at a workshop for the Cambodian Bar Association hosted again by Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). One of the major issues of concern to these domestic attorneys was allowing foreign attorneys to represent clients in Cambodia. The Cambodian Bar Association has not been very supportive of much of the procedures laid down by the ECCC. Here is a report of the workshop issued by the Public Affairs Office of DC-Cam.

The last set of photos were taken at a training workshop for Cambodian journalists at the U.S. Embassy. The journalists were part of a larger training program organized by Internews Cambodia and partially financed by the U. S. Embassy.