ECCC: Assisting the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

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Under the supervision of Hannah Robinson, fellow with the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide, students will assist the Office of the Prosecutors of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Students working on the genocide project collaborate directly with the chief international Co-Prosecutor at the ECCC, Nick Koumjian, and his legal staff. They will be providing research assistance for the genocide charges against Khmer Rouge officials for their treatment of Vietnamese and Cham populations in Cambodia.  Past research projects have included the scope and application of fair trial rights in international tribunals, whether demobilized soldiers may properly be characterized as victims of crimes against humanity, and the definition of “national group” under the Genocide Convention.  Students research complex areas of international law by applying precedent from the UN-backed international criminal tribunals in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as other courts applying international law and scholarly articles.  The end result is memoranda on international legal topics that may be applied by the Co-Prosecutor’s office toward the currently pending trial charges for genocide in Case 002-02 and appellate charges for crimes against humanity in Case 002-01.