Asian International Justice Initiative: The Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI) is a collaboration between the East-West Center and the U.C. Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center. AIJI builds on four year’s experience in which the two Centers have worked closely to establish justice initiatives and capacity-building programs in the human rights sector in Asia. The two Centers continue to focus on projects and activities that combine their primary strengths: the regional expertise of the East-West Center and the transitional justice training and research capabilities of the War Crimes Studies Center. The projects are directed by Professor David Cohen, a leading expert in international humanitarian law and international criminal law.
KRT Trial Monitoring Program: Building upon five years of experience of the War Crimes Studies Center in trial monitoring in Sierra Leone, East Timor, Rwanda, and Indonesia, the War Crimes Studies Center, together with the East-West Center, has established a regionally-based trial monitoring program at the Khmer Rouge tribunal for the duration of the Khmer Rouge trials. The program forms one of a number of projects established by AIJI. The goals of the KRT Trial Monitoring Program are:
- to widen public awareness of the Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia, in the region, and internationally, through the dissemination of weekly trial reports both describing and assessing the proceedings as they unfold;
- to train young lawyers by giving them the experience of engaging in monitoring and legal analysis at an international tribunal, under expert supervision; and
- to develop a regional network of young human rights lawyers who are able to engage with justice processes and to assess their overall effectiveness.