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TitleIlliberal Transitional Justice and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [electronic resource] / by Rebecca Gidley
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript XI, 250 p. 8 illus. online resource


This book examines the creation and operation of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), which is a hybrid domestic/international tribunal tasked with putting senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge on trial. It argues that the ECCC should be considered an example of illiberal transitional justice, where the language of procedure is strongly adhered to but political considerations often rule in reality. The Cambodian government spent nearly two decades addressing the Khmer Rouge past, and shaping its preferred narrative, before the involvement of the United Nations. It was a further six years of negotiations between the Cambodian government and the United Nations that determined the unique hybrid structure of the ECCC. Over more than a decade in operation, and with three people convicted, the ECCC has not contributed to the positive goals expected of transitional justice mechanisms. Through the Cambodian example, this book challenges existing assumptions and analyses of transitional justice to create a more nuanced understanding of how and why transitional justice mechanisms are employed.


1. Introduction -- 2. The State of Transitional Justice -- 3. Confronting the Past, 1975-1996 -- 4. The Development and Evolution of the ECCC, 1997-2003 -- 5. The ECCC in Action, 2003-2018 -- 6. Breaking the Mould: Cambodia and the Transitional Justice Literature -- 7. Distinguishing Cambodia and Explaining the Existence of the ECCC -- 8. Conclusion

Southeast Asia-History History Modern Law-History World politics History of Southeast Asia. Modern History. Legal History. Political History.


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