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AIJI Prosecutors’ Workshop Set for Khmer Rouge Tribunal
HONOLULU (August 23) -- The Asian International Justice Initiative (‘AIJI’) , a collaboration between the East-West Center, Hawaii and the War Crimes Studies Center at the University of California, Berkeley will hold a week-long workshop in international criminal law for the Office of the Co-Prosecutors (OCP) at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal August 27-31, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Drawing from the key expertise of senior staff at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the AIJI workshop will focus on key legal issues likely to play a central role in the upcoming Khmer Rouge trials. Discussions will center on prosecutorial strategy including determining how best to frame the prosecution at an international tribunal which draws from French civil law, as well as the prosecution of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Cambodian context. The format, developed by the AIJI in close collaboration with the OCP, will be interactive and conducted in seminar style, in order to ensure participation from all parties and to foster a close working relationship between the faculty and participants.

David Cohen , director of the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center and the AIJI director, will chair the workshop. He will be joined by a distinguished international faculty of individuals who have significant experience both prosecuting and adjudicating complex crimes at both the national and international level. Among those joining Cohen are ICTY staffers Alan Tieger, Senior Prosecuting Trial Attorney for the Office of the Prosecutor and one of the ICTY’s founding lawyers; Norman Farrell, Principal Legal Officer responsible for providing the Prosecutor with direction and advice on all legal matters; and Catherine Marchi-Uhel, a French judge and currently the Head of the Appeals Chamber.

A second workshop for the Khmer Rouge trials’ Defence Support Section is currently anticipated to be conducted by AIJI in October.

Funding for the OCP workshop comes from a grant to the East-West Center from the British Embassy in Phnom Penh.

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For more information, contact:
Karen Knudsen , Director of External Affairs
East-West CenterPhone: (808) 944-7195
Email: [email protected]

For more information on the workshops, please contact the East-West Center’s Michelle Staggs at [email protected] .

The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States.  The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States.  Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.