The following report provides an overview of the proceedings in the Duch trial, with a view to summarizing the ‘lessons learned’ from the ECCC’s first case, both for future cases at the Court and at international(ized) tribunals generally.2 Where deemed relevant by the Cambodian monitors attending the proceedings, comment on the ‘lessons learned’ for the Cambodian national sector has also been included in this report. As a result, the report looks both retrospectively – at the proceedings that unfolded during this period – and prospectively, at what might be the most significant issues to consider in light of the Court’s ongoing cases. The report is written by monitors and researchers from the combined University of California, Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center / East West Center’s Asian International Justice Initiative (‘AIJI’), and can be read in conjunction with a series of weekly trial reports written by the same group. The group as a whole comprises lawyers and legal researchers from Cambodia, China, Germany, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States of America (the ‘Monitoring Group’, ‘Monitors’ or the ‘Group’).
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