Co-authored with Daniel Mattes and Caitlin McCaffire.
On November 23, 2016, the Supreme Court Chamber (SCC) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) issued its long-awaited final judgment in the first part of the ongoing trial against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, the two surviving senior leaders of the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) regime, which lasted from April 17, 1975 to January 6, 1979. The well-reasoned and balanced final judgment sets a positive example for the Cambodian domestic court system and other international tribunals, while also hopefully raising the standard of production for the Trial Chamber’s pending judgment in Case 002/02.
David Cohen is a leading expert in the fields of human rights, international law and transitional justice. Cohen holds the WSD-HANDA Professorship in Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University.