Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

by John D Ciorciari and Anne Heindel
Law, Meaning, And Violence
University of Michigan Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-0-472-12021-5, OA eISBN: 9780472901319, Cloth: 978-0-472-11930-1


Since 2006, the United Nations and Cambodian Government have participated in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, a hybrid tribunal created to try key Khmer Rouge officials for crimes of the Pol Pot era. In Hybrid Justice, John D. Ciorciari and Anne Heindel examine the contentious politics behind the tribunal’s creation, its flawed legal and institutional design, and the frequent politicized impasses that have undermined its ability to deliver credible and efficient justice and leave a positive legacy. They also draw lessons and principles for future hybrid and international courts and proceedings.


John D. Ciorciari is an assistant professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Anne Heindel is legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia.

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