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The Elgar Companion to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Nina H.B. Jørgensen, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
This Companion is a one-stop reference resource on the Phnom Penh based ‘Khmer Rouge tribunal'. It serves as an introduction to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, while also exploring some of the Court’s practical and jurisprudential challenges and outcomes. Written by Nina Jørgensen, who has worked as senior adviser in the tribunal’s Pre-Trial and Supreme Court Chambers, the Companion offers both direct insights and academic analysis organized around six themes: legality, structure, proceedings, jurisprudence, legitimacy and legacy. This comprehensive Companion will provide a platform for interested sectors of domestic and international society, to assess the value of the Extraordinary Chambers, both during the tribunal’s lifespan and after it has closed its doors.
Extent: c 432 pp
Hardback Price: $225.00 Web: $202.50
Publication Date: April 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78471 806 0
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This Companion is a one-stop reference resource on the Phnom Penh based ‘Khmer Rouge tribunal'. It serves as an introduction to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, while also exploring some of the Court’s practical and jurisprudential challenges and outcomes.

Established by an agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Cambodia, the court has been operational since 2006, and seeks a mandate to try those most responsible for serious crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge period from 1975 to 1979. Written by Nina Jørgensen, who has worked as senior adviser in the tribunal’s Pre-Trial and Supreme Court Chambers, the Companion offers both direct insights and academic analysis organized around a series of themes including legality, structure, proceedings, jurisprudence, legitimacy and legacy.

This original book will prove a valuable and stimulating read for lawyers, judges and UN staff working within, establishing, or monitoring international courts and tribunals as well as local and international NGOs in Cambodia concerned with the ECCC. Academics focusing on international criminal justice will also find this useful to assess the value of the Extraordinary Chambers, both during the tribunal’s lifespan and after it has closed its doors.
‘This is an important book, about a court which faced immense challenges and a bad press, but has nonetheless contributed both to criminal jurisprudence and to rebuilding confidence in the rule of law in Cambodia. It is astute and authoritative – Jørgensen’s analysis comes with the knowledge of an insider and the objectivity of a brilliant jurist. The book is essential reading for architects of tribunals to deal with atrocities elsewhere in the world, and for all students of the struggle for global justice in the twenty-first century.’
– Geoffrey Robertson, author of Crimes Against Humanity
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Legality 3. Structure 4. Procedure 5. Cases 6. Proceedings 7. Crimes 8. Liability 9. Sentencing 10. Victims 11. Legitimacy 12. Legacy Index