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MEETINGS 2013-2018

438th Meeting at the Alliance Franšaise, Chiang Mai: “The Khmer Rouge Tribunal”.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018.

A Talk by Marie Guiraud

The Talk:

An estimated number of 1.7 million people are believed to have died from starvation, torture, execution and forced labor under Democratic Kampuchea regime, between April 1975 and January 1979. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) were established in 2004 through an Agreement between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations to try the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime. Since the Court’s effective start in 2007, 3 individuals have been convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment, a judgment against Nuon Chea – number 2 of the regime - and Khieu Samphan – the former head of State – is pending and four cases have not yet moved to the trial stage. One of the Court’s key features is its hybrid nature, bringing together international and Cambodian judges, lawyers and prosecutors, working in either French, English and Khmer and coming from different legal traditions. Another specificity of the Court is to allow victims of crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge to participate in the trial on the same footing as the Defense and the Prosecution and to seek collective and moral reparations. Ms. Marie Guiraud, International Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyer at the ECCC, will give an overview of the achievements of the Court and provide an insight into the challenges posed by the hybrid nature of theECCC and the participation of thousands of victims in a mass crime trial.

The Speaker:

Ms. Guiraud is a Phnom-Penh based French Lawyer specialized in International Criminal Law. After 6 years at an international human rights organization, Ms. Guiraud became a litigator in 2005. In France, she represented both Defendants and Victims (civil parties) in all areas of criminal law. Abroad, Ms. Guiraud represented victims of international crimes before Ivorian and Congolese Courts. She became the International Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyer of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in 2014 and is representing a group of 3869 victims, along with her Cambodian colleague, in the second case against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.

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