National and International Perceptions of Hybrid Justice: International Criminal Justice Seen from Competing Perspectives - The Example of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
More than 1.7 million Cambodians perished during the Khmer Rouge’s attempt to create the perfect communist society between 1975 and 1979. Yet, almost 30 years passed before criminal charges were brought against the responsible leaders. At present, the ECCC is not only racing the clock due to the advanced age of the main accused. The special Court is also challenged by its unique legal foundation comprising an unprecedented mix of national and international criminal law. Based in part on recent fieldwork in Phnom Penh, where they interviewed a number of ECCC staff members, Mikkel Jarle Christensen and Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen will present their interdisciplinary research project about the interaction between the international and the national components of the ECCC.