Kirsten Sellars is a postdoctoral fellow in law at the National University of Singapore.
This book is the first comprehensive study on the work and functioning of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).The ECCC were established in 2006 to bring to trial senior leaders and those most responsible for serious crimes committed under the notorious Khmer Rouge regime. Established by domestic law following an agreement in 2003 between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the UN, the ECCC’s hybrid features provide a unique approach of accountability for mass atrocities. The book entails an analysis of the work and jurisprudence of the ECCC, providing a detailed assessment of their legacies and contribution to international criminal law. The collection, containing 20 chapters from leading scholars and practitioners with inside knowledge of the ECCC, discuss the most pressing topics and its implications for international criminal law. These include the establishment of the ECCC, subject matter crimes, joint criminal enterprise and procedural aspects, including questions regarding the trying of frail accused persons and the admission of torture statements into evidence.
The book considers international criminal law in context and seeks to account for the political and cultural factors that have influenced – and that continue to influence – this still-emerging body of law. Considering the substance, procedures, objectives, justifications and impacts of international criminal law, it addresses such topics as:
• the history of international criminal law;
• the subjects of international criminal law;
• transitional justice and international criminal justice;
• genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression;
• sexual and gender-based crimes;
• international and hybrid criminal tribunals;
• sentencing under international criminal law; and
• the role of victims in international criminal procedure.
The book will appeal to those who want to study international criminal law in a critical and contextualised way. Presenting original research, it will also be of interest to scholars and practitioners already familiar with the main legal and policy issues relating to this body of law.
The book is highly recommended for practitioners and researchers in the field of international criminal law and especially the law of international criminal evidence.
Petra Viebig is a Public Prosecutor at the Staatsanwaltschaft Hamburg, Germany.