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Reparation Modalities at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)

In: The Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals
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Juan-Pablo Perez-Leon-Acevedo Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Department of Language and Communication Studies), University of Jyväskylä Jyväskylä Finland

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Abstract

In the last decade, the ECCC has ordered reparations for victims of the Khmer Rouge’s mass atrocities committed in Cambodia during the 1970s. Various scholars have examined those reparations ordered by the ECCC. Yet, this is the first academic piece to assess the ECCC’s reparation modalities under the UN Reparation Principles, which contain key standards on reparations for victims of atrocities. Overall, the ECCC has ordered important rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition measures to redress victims’ harm. This is a meaningful current development with regard to reparations for victims of atrocities. However, the ECCC’s reparation law and practice exhibits some important deficits under the UN Reparation Principles. At the ECCC, restitution and compensation are excluded and the range of guarantees of non-repetition has been limited. Nonetheless, these deficits must be considered within the ECCC’s mandate as an internationalised criminal court.

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