Illiberal Transitional Justice and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

  • Rebecca Gidley

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide book series (PSHG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 43-78
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-250

About this book


This book examines the creation and operation of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), which is a hybrid domestic/international tribunal tasked with putting senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge on trial. It argues that the ECCC should be considered an example of illiberal transitional justice, where the language of procedure is strongly adhered to but political considerations often rule in reality. The Cambodian government spent nearly two decades addressing the Khmer Rouge past, and shaping its preferred narrative, before the involvement of the United Nations. It was a further six years of negotiations between the Cambodian government and the United Nations that determined the unique hybrid structure of the ECCC. Over more than a decade in operation, and with three people convicted, the ECCC has not contributed to the positive goals expected of transitional justice mechanisms. Through the Cambodian example, this book challenges existing assumptions and analyses of transitional justice to create a more nuanced understanding of how and why transitional justice mechanisms are employed. 


Phnom Penh Khmer Rouge transitional justice mechanisms ECCC Cambodian history

Authors and affiliations

  • Rebecca Gidley
    • 1
  1. 1.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04782-5
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