Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice in the ECCC: Real Power or Empty Rhetoric?

Event date: 
16 Feb 2017
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Boardroom, Level 2, UNSW Law
ICL in the ECCC
Dr Rudina Jasini
Attorney and researcher specialising in international criminal law and human rights law
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In this seminar, Dr Rudina Jasini will discuss the role, scope and implications of victims’ participation in international criminal proceedings, drawing from developments in human rights doctrine, victimology and transitional justice.

Victim participation is still in its infancy in international criminal proceedings, and as such, the trials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) have appeared more as ‘experimenting laboratories’ than as processes guided by sound and well-crafted rules and procedures. Rudina will argue that whilst the apparent benefits of participation seem self-evident, and may lead, at least in theory, to the realisation of the aspiration of restorative justice for victims, the manner in which civil party participation has been crafted and interpreted in the trials before the ECCC has raised some important issues and questions regarding its role and impact with respect to the functionality of court proceedings, the rights of the accused, and the rights of victims themselves.

Dr Rudina Jasini is an attorney and researcher specialising in international criminal law and human rights law. She is currently a Postdoctoral Global Fellow at New York University Law School Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and an ESRC GCRF Fellow at Oxford Law Faculty. Her doctoral research focused on the participation of victims of mass atrocities as civil parties in international criminal proceedings.

The seminar will be chaired by Prof Sarah Williams, AHRCentre project director of Civil society and international criminal tribunals.




Photo: Focus Group meeting, Kampong Speu, Cambodia (2014) courtesy of Dr Jasini.