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Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide

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

Authors: Gidley, Rebecca

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  • Examines how the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia operated since they were created
  • Explores how narratives of the Khmer Rouge informs understandings of, and politics of, contemporary Cambodia
  • Argues that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia are an example of illiberal transitional justice
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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. 

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Rebecca Gidley teaches history and international relations at the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. She has published on topics including narratives of mass atrocities, the physical location of courts, and the role of historians as expert witnesses.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04783-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04782-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Illiberal Transitional Justice and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04783-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04783-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04782-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 250
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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