The ECC: A Unique Trial Process

Student Event by Dame Silvia Cartwright

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

TIME: 1.00pm - 2.00 pm

VENUE: MSB.1.36, Management Building

International criminal trials have developed their own procedures to manage crimes that encompass vast numbers of potential victims and powerful accused. The crimes listed in the indictments are rarely the subject of domestic criminal trials. As a result the trials have unique features and processes. Most have been conducted employing modified common law processes. In the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), unique trial procedures were developed to conform with the civil law system applying in Cambodia. The role of the judges, counsel, and civil party lawyers will be discussed as will the financial, political and cultural issues that have an impact on the conduct of the trials.

Dame Silvia Cartwright

Dame Silvia CartwrightDame Silvia Cartwright was born in Dunedin and she graduated with a LLB from Otago University in 1967. After several years in private practice, she embarked on a judicial career that culminated in her appointment to the High Court - the first woman in New Zealand to achieve this. In 1987 and 1988, Dame Silvia chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the Treatment of Cervical Cancer and Other Related Matters at National Women’s Hospital (the Cartwright Inquiry). She was a member of the United Nations committee monitoring compliance with the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 and Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 and received the Queen’s Service Order in 2006. After completing her tenure as Governor-General in August 2006, she took up a position as a trial judge on the United Nations Tribunal investigating war crimes in Cambodia.