The ECCC Project
The Yale Law School Legal Project Assisting the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), colloquially referred to as the ECCC Project, is a special initiative within the Lowenstein Project started in the spring of 2007. Students in the ECCC Project perform legal research for the Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC, which is working to prosecute Khmer Rouge leaders for atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. Although specific project topics are confidential, projects generally involve cutting-edge issues of international law, such as jurisdiction, criminal procedure, immunity, amnesty, victims’ participation, reparations, and compliance with international human rights standards. The students generally work in teams, and each team’s final product is a bench memorandum to a sitting judge on the court regarding an unresolved question of Cambodian or international law. The ECCC Project also meets frequently during the semester as a reading group to learn about and discuss human rights law, international criminal procedure, and Cambodian politics and history. In addition, the ECCC Project arranges a variety of film screenings and hosts guest speakers such as international judges, regional experts, and professors with expertise related to the project. Students also give presentations to fellow project members on their research.
No previous knowledge or experience with transitional justice, international law, or Cambodia is necessary to participate, although such experience is welcomed.