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The impact of the ECCC proceedings on victims in Cambodia

Responsible: Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling, Dr. Elisa Hoven


The participation of victims in international criminal proceedings has become more important in the past few years. For the first time it became possible for victims to join an action at the Rouge-Tribunal (ECCC) in Cambodia. The aim of this research project is to evaluate the significance of legal processing for victims of international crimes. The impact of the proceedings for the national process of reconciliation and the individual experiences of victims in Cambodia should be explored in a qualitative and a quantitative sense. The next step is to survey the victims’ expectations for the international criminal proceedings and their criticism of the work of the ECCC. The project focuses on the evaluation of the participation rights as well as on the necessity of tangible and intangible indemnification. Based on the results of this research a guideline for a reasonable involving of victims in the international criminal proceeding can be developed.

This research is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Transitional Justice (in cooperation with the Centre for Conflict Studies (CCS))

Responsible: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonacker, Prof. Dr. Eckart Conze, Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling, Dr. Wolfgang Form


Transitional Justice (TJ) is a central concept for peace-building in post-war societies. It has been developed by the international community and the global civil society since the mid-1990s to provide sustainable peace in post-war societies. This involves taking action against human rights abuses and socially working on experienced violence. TJ refers to international and national criminal proceedings. Furthermore it can be applied to extrajudicial strategies of reconciliation for perpetrators and victims of conflicts, reparations payments, and demobilization of offenders as well as finding the truth.

The transition from times of human rights abuses, genocide and war crimes to a substantial and peaceful society, a democratic system and a peaceful coexistence between neighbouring states is a challenging and long process. The umbrella term „Transitional Justice“ involves research of various scientific single disciplines. The aim is to provide ideal structural conditions for transition-phases in the future. With the Centre for Conflict Studies (CCS) as well as the International Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes Trials (ICWC) Marburg University accommodates two central units of competences in the field of TJ. The work of the ICWC concentrates on the judicial accounting for the past, especially state-supported macro-criminality. The approach of the CCS to achieve knowledge of conflict and post-conflict situations is to raise sociological and political science questions as well as to consider religious aspects.

In the context of Transitional Justice following research is done at the ICWC at this time:

  • Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in Cambodia
  • European Experiences with criminal prosecution of human rights violation
  • Workshop on Transitional Justice (February 14th 2008)

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 03.12.2012 · Hoermann Sascha, Fb. 01

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