Khmer Rouge Tribunal Moving Forward
My colleague, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, writing over at IntLawGrrls, is reporting a settlement of the dispute over bar dues between foreign defense counsel and the Cambodian Bar Association. The compromise–a one time bar fee for foreign lawyers of $500–removes the last of many roadblocks that had been holding up the tribunal for months. It now looks like this hybrid war crimes tribunal may actually start trials by early 2008. So, the good news for those interested in Khmer Rouge accountability is that there is a process in place with both domestic and international buy-in to pursue war crimes charges against those still around to face them. The bad news is that there’s likely more politicking ahead, especially since the hybrid tribunal’s mandate expires in July 2009, meaning they might only have a little more than a year of the originally planned three year window to do their work.