Alain Werner, International Lawyer of Civil Party Unit

VOICES FROM THE ECCC (Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia)/THE KHMER ROUGE TRIBUNAL.

  1. Could you please tell us your name, your position at the ECCC, and a summary of your responsibilities?
  2. Civil party representation in international criminal proceedings started with the ECCC. What challenges did you face in your work?
  3. What do you think of the reparations that were ultimately implemented at the ECCC? Do you believe they reflected the Civil Parties’ interests as a whole?
  4. What other factors influenced the reparations process?
  5. What aspects of the ECCC’s approach to civil party representation worked well? What could be improved?
  6. Do you feel that the concept of civil party participation in criminal proceedings should be replicated (or avoided) in other international tribunals? Why?
  7. Based on your time at the ECCC, did you observe best practices or do you have lessons learned or recommendations would you suggest for future international tribunals? Any anecdotes to illustrate this?
  8. What do you see to be significant challenges for future courts handling mass atrocities based on your work at the ECCC?
  9. Keeping within what has been released to the public, can you recall any accused or survivor stories that resonated with you?

(Photo by Nicolas Braguinsky Cascini, November, 2019)