Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: 
Dahrendorf Room, Founder’s Building, St Antony’s College
Speaker(s): 
John D. Ciorciari (University of Michigan)
Chair: 
Dr Matthew Walton
Convenor: 
Dr Matthew Walton
Series: 
Southeast Asia Seminar

Since 2006, the United Nations and Cambodian government have sponsored a hybrid tribunal to try selected Khmer Rouge officials for atrocities of the late 1970s. However, the court has suffered from serious operational challenges, and despite some successes, its legacy is in peril. Professor John Ciorciari will discuss the politics behind the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s creation and the unique institutional features that resulted from lengthy negotiations between UN and Cambodian officials. He will then examine how institutional design flaws and continued political in-fighting have impeded the hybrid court’s ability to deliver credible justice, connect to victims, manage resources responsibly, and leave a positive legacy for the rule of law in Cambodia. He will conclude by drawing lessons for other transitional justice processes, basing his findings on a new book entitled Hybrid Justice (co-authored with Anne Heindel, University of Michigan Press, 2014).

John D. Ciorciari (JD Harvard, DPhil Oxford) is an assistant professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. He is the co-author with Anne Heindel of Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (University of Michigan Press, 2014) and author of The Limits of Alignment: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers since 1975 (Georgetown University Press, 2010). He has also edited or co-edited three books and authored numerous academic articles and book chapters on international law and politics. He was previously a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford, official in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs, visiting fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, and lawyer at the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. He is an Associate Fellow at the Asia Society, term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and senior legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia.