Events Provided by CSHL



"IHL Training to UN Peacekeepers"
19 March 2019, Kompong Speu, Cambodia

Our researcher Hing Vandanet was invited by ICRC to provide presentation on international humanitarian law to Cambodian peacekeepers who are going to fulfill their UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali in April.




Changing the Story Conference: Learning from the Past with and for, Young People
15-17 March 2019, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

SOY Kimsan, Director of CSHL, was invited to share about key values and principles in research collaborations and partnership in Cambodia at the Changing the Story Conference: Learning from the Past with and for, Young People, held from 15-17 March 2019, along with the participation of our researcher and Australian advisor.





ECCC Legacy Update Meeting
13 December 2018, Phnnom Penh, Cambodia



Westlaw Training

November-December 2018, RULE, Phnom Penh, Cambodia




R2P Workshop Series
November 2018, RULE, Cambodia




Joint Board on Human Rights Course
7 November 2018, UME, Battambong, Cambodia




Final Workshop of VaM Project
29 November 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia




Conference on Challenges of Governance for Innovation, Resilience and Sustainability: ASEAN and EU Looking toward the Global Goals 2030

29-30 October 2018, Brussels, Belgium

On 29-31 October 2018, the Center’s Director, Soy Kimsan, participated in a conference on “Challenges of Governance for Innovation, Resilience and Sustainability: ASEAN and EU Looking toward the Global Goals 2030” organized by the Groningen Research Center for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN). This conference took place October 29-31, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

This conference featured a series of keynote speakers from ASEAN, EU, and the UN on regional relations and the sustainable development goals. It also showcased leading thinkers and policymakers around challenges of governance for innovation, resilience and sustainability. The scope focused on ASEAN-EU relations and dialogues, exploring the longstanding political and cultural relationship between both regions in light of a sustainable common future.

Kimsan was invited to sit in one of the panel discussions on “Political-Security Cooperation and Human Rights” where he shared Cambodia experience with researchers, policymakers and other conference participants. As part of the program, he also had the opportunity to visit the EU parliament with other participants, warmly hosted by the parliament officer and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) with a brief workshop on EU system and its relationship with ASEAN.

The last agenda of the program was a Book Launch Ceremony, which was inspiring and exciting to all participants, especially the authors and editors who presented at the event. The book is titled “Sustainable Development Goals in Southeast Asia and ASEAN” published by Leiden, Singapore, Boston: Brill, 2018, and Kimsan contributed a Chapter on “Legal Protection of Construction Workers and the Rights to Safe Working Conditions: Lessons from Cambodia”.

Kimsan’s trip to Belgium was supported by RWI !




"IHL Training to UN Peacekeepers"
19 October 2018, Kampong Speu, Cambodia




5th International Conference on Human Rights and Peace & Conflict in Southeast ASIA
15-17 October 2018, Manila, Philippines

Three researchers and one librarian presented their papers at the 5th International Conference on Human Rights and Peace & Conflict in Southeast ASIA in Manila, Philippines. The event was held on 15-17 October 2018 under the financial support of SHAPE- SEA and Sweden. Those four papers are (1) The first paper is about "Barrier for Women in Accessing Higher Education in Cambodia", (2) Challenges to the Implementation of Laws and Policies on Gender Equality and Right to Food in Cambodia, (3) The Application of the Constitutional Rights of Public Participation: Assessment of the 1993 Cambodian Constitutional making Process and Rights to Participation in the Law Making Process and (4) The Right to Freedom of Association of Human Rights Defenders in the Kingdom of Cambodia.




Narrating Human Rights: Issues of Migration, Discrimination, and Protection of Human Rights in Southeast Asia
17-19 September 2018, Jember, Indonesia

One of our researcher and librarian, Hing Vandanet and Tuy Sophorn, successfully presented their papers at the 3rd Annual Conference 2018 on "Narrating Human Rights: Issues of Migration, Discrimination, and Protection of Human Rights in Southeast Asia". The conference was organized by the University of Jember with the collaboration the Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Migration. It was held on September 17-19, 2018. In addition, their papers will be published in the Journal of Southeast Asia Human Rights (Volum 2, Issue 2 or Volume 3, Issue I).




Research Fellow Presentation
30 August 2018, RWI, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 


30 August 2018 at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, our Research Fellow, Ratana ly, shared her experience and initial findings from the fieldwork she had just conducted, on flood-induced displacement in a village in Kratie. Based on the fieldwork, there is certain gray area as to whether specific actions of leaving home fall within the concept of displacement under the Guiding Principles, when both elements of being "forced" and "voluntary" to leave simultaneously appeared to take place. The enjoyment of the rights to water, food, and education are particularly hampered during big flood and displacement.

This field research is conducted as part of a bigger project on "Protecting Persons Displaced in the Context of Disaster in Asia Pacific: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Law, Policy and Practice in Ten Countries" in the Asia Pacific region, initiated and supported by RWI.

Having spent roughly 3 months in the field in Cambodia, Ratana will return to the University of Victoria, Canada, to continue with her PhD program this weekend.

We wish Ratana a safe and sound travel and all the best in her academic endeavor !




Workshop at Philipps-Marburg University
28 August 2018, Germany




ECPR General Conference
22-25 August 2018, Germany




Seminar in Series on "Understanding Human Rights Through Interactive Learning"
30 June 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

On 30 June 2018, the Center's researchers, a Librarian and an Admin staff provided lectures to the Seminar in Series on "Understanding Human Rights Through Interactive Learning". This seminar supported by US YSEALI program affiliated organization at the University of Montana, Mansfield Center, and the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University.




Demeter Project Conference
3-9 June 2018, Ethiopia




Internet Freedom Training
May-June 2018, Phmom Penh, Cambodia




15TH ASIAN LAW INSTITUTE CONFERENCE on  Law into the Future: Perspectives from Asia

10-11 May 2018, Seoul National University (SNU), Seoul, South Korea

The Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference, organized by the Seoul National University School of Law was held from 10 to 11 May 2018.  This year, two of the Center’s Researchers, Ms. TANN Boravin and Ms. NGOUV Muy Seo, were honored to be selected to present their research papers. Boravin shared her research paper developed as part of the Research Initiative program of the RWI on the topic of “Safeguarding Safe Labour Migration of Cambodia’s Migrant Workers: An Assessment of Regulation on Private Recruitment Agencies in Cambodia”. Muy Seo joined the panel to discuss her research on “Challenges to the Implementation of Children’s Right to be Heard and be Represented in the Criminal Proceedings in Cambodia”.

The Conference is organized annually to serve as a platform of sharing for legal scholars, professors, and practitioners across the region of Asia as well as the world. This year marked a significant increase of interest with the number of participants and presenters doubled from the previous year. There were more than 300 participants from across the region, namely Australia, Indonesia, India, Japan, China, Singapore and Cambodia. It also covers broad ranges of topics including, constitutional law, human rights law, children and law, environmental law, and migrant labour. Those topics were highlighted as interests, challenges, concerns and prospects which countries in Asia are facing and will encounter in the future legal implementation and enforcement in their respective countries





"IHL training to UN Peacekeepers"
December 2017, Kompong Speu, Cambodia

The Center’s Researcher provided a one-day training on introduction to IHL rules and principles to Cambodian peacekeepers who will be deployed in Lebanon. The training was conducted in Kampong Speu Province and organized the ICRC.




The 4th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences and Sustainability (ACSUS)
21-23 December 2017, Hiroshima, Japan

One of the Center's Researchers was selected to attend the 4th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences and Sustainability organized by the International Education for Sustainable Development Alliance (INTESDA) on 21-23 December 2017 in Hiroshima, Japan. The theme of the conference was “Resilience” with the objectives to promote and support SDGs set by the United Nations. At the conference, the researcher presented her working paper “Constitutional Making Process and its implication on the contemporary constitutional enforcement: particularly focus on the right to public participation”. This paper was developed under the 2017 RWI Research Initiative program. RWI provided financial support in travel and accommodation expense for Center’s researcher to participate in this conference.




The 2nd International Conference of NIDA Law for Development, "Sustainablility-A Global Challenge and Opportunity from Legal and Interdisciplinary Perspectives"
16 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The 2nd International Conference of the NIDA Law for Development was organized by the Graduate School of Law of the National Institute for Development and Administration (NIDA), Bangkok, Thailand.

The conference was held on 16 December 2017 under the theme of “Sustainability – A Global Challenge and Opportunity from Legal and Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. The conference aimed to promote discussion and participation of academia, researchers and students regarding sustainable development initiatives and challenges of each respective country and the region. Participants from various countries participated in the event, including Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Thailand. The conference this year was divided into four simultaneous sessions: Environmental Sustainability, Economic Sustainability and Innovation, Equality and Human Rights and Public Sector Development and Governance.

This year, one of the Center’s Researchers, Ms. TANN Boravin, was selected to present her research paper along with other academia and researchers in the region in the session of ‘Equality and Human Rights’. Her research paper, developed under the support of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI), titled “Safeguarding Safe Labour Migration of Cambodia’s Migrant Workers through Regulation on Private Recruitment Agencies in Cambodia”, discusses correlation between statutory regulation of recruitment agencies and promotion of safe labour migration vis-à-vis protection of the rights of Cambodia’s migrant workers.

The session equipped her with fruitful discussion and constructive comments and feedback to further develop and improve her research paper to a greater extent.




A Working Confernce on Regional and National Approaches toward the Sustainable Development Goals in Southeast Asia and ASEAN 
3-5 October 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Center’s Director was invited to participate in a working conference on “Regional and National Approaches toward the Sustainable Development Goals in Southeast Asia and ASEAN”, organized collaboratively by the ASEAN Studies Center of the Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, and Groningen Research Center for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN), Netherlands. At the conference, he presented his working paper on “Protecting Rights of Construction Workers to Safe Working Condition in Cambodia”, developed under RWI Research Initiative 2016. Fifteen other professors and researchers from ASEAN countries were also invited to present their respective research papers. All the presenters received comments and feedback to improve and adjust their articles in alignment with SDGs theme to ensure an overall coherence for a book proposal. As a result of this conference, all presented papers were invited to be submitted to an internal paper review and editing process, supervised by Prof. Robald L. Holzhacker, University of Groningen. Once finalized in late March 2018, the supervising professor will combine all the papers into the book proposal to be further submitted to Brill, a renowned publisher based in Leiden, Netherlands. The Center’s Director trip to participate in this working conference was fully covered by the organizers.




The 3rd CSHL Annual Conference on Comparative Human Rights Law
27 October 2017, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

All the Center's researchers and staff including Director and Librarian along with several other Cambodian academics presented their working papers at the 3rd CSHL Annual Conference on Comparative Human Rights Law on 27 October, organized by the Center at RULE.




The 6th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law
25-26 August 2017, Seoul, South Korea

Two of the Center's researchers attended the 6th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law on the themes of 'Asia and International Law in Times of Uncertainty' organized by the Korea Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) in Seoul, South Korea. One of the researchers presented her working paper on “The Role of Post Conflict Countries in Contributing to the Sustainable Peace of UN peacekeeping operations: Cambodia’s experience”, while the other one participated as a participated as a participant. The conference was amazed by distinguished keynote speakers, especially Ban Ki Moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, presenters and participants who have solid and professional experiences in international law to discuss about the rule of international law in Asian States, trends in international adjudication and other relevant issues on international law and Asia. The Center covered the two researchers’ trip to Seoul for joining this conference  based on its travel budget supported by RWI.




The Justice Matters Conference 
17 July, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Two of the Center's researchers were invited to attend the Justice Matters Conference organized by Destination Justice on 17 July 2017. The objective of the conference was to celebrate International Justice Day, which is celebrated annually throughout the world on July 17 when the Rome Statute was adopted, as well as to promote better justice in Cambodia. This year conference mainly discussed how the ECCC best practices and standards could be transferred to local one for better justice system in Cambodia. The issues of access to justice and the lack of legal aid in Cambodia were also discussed at length. The diversity of the speakers and participants from Ministry of Justice, members of the Constitutional Council, National Assembly, civil society and donor representatives, made the conference itself significant and influential in justice issues in Cambodia. The Center’s researchers were able to contribute to the conference by presenting the Nuremberg Academy’s papers on acceptance of international criminal justice in the ECCC context.




The 14th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference
18-19 May in Manila, Philippines

The Center director and researcher's papers on the Nuremberg Academy's chapters were selected to present at the 14th Asian Law Institute Conference on the theme of "A Uniting Force? 'Asian Values and the Law' in Manila, Philippines. There were approximately 200 professionals, mostly from the Asian region, attending the conference as participants, observers and presenters. There were about 40 panels with 3 or 4 presenters for each panel as well as a number of keynote speeches by distinguished speakers. All the working papers were copied into a folder and distributed to all conference participants, which was very helpful for the Cnter’s researchers to catch up with current research in the region. The conference participants were also given a bus tour to the University of the Philippines where they were inspired by a history of Philippine vibrant academic community in relation to student activism in demanding for social justice and human rights respect.





RWI Human Rights Training Programme 
6-7 May 2017, Battambang, Cambodia

On 6-7 May 2017, the Center’s Director provided two-days training sessions on the right to a fair trial to law students at the University of Management and Economics (UME) in Battambang Province, as part of a Human Rights Law Course organized and supported by RWI. The 36-hours course was conducted on every weekend over a period of one month and designed to provide a basic understanding of conceptual and legal frameworks of human rights. It covered a range of topics depending on areas of expertise of invited professors from respective universities in Phnom Penh such as human rights and the Constitution, international human rights law, Cambodia human rights mechanisms, women’s rights and fair trial rights. This is the third year of the Center Researchers’ teaching contribution to the Human Rights Law Course at UME since its inception in 2015.




Research Methodology for Research Staff Working at the National Assembly of Cambodia
April-December 2017, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In April 2017, the Center’s Director was contracted to be one of the trainers to provide an intensive training, over a period of eight months, on research methodology for staff working at various research units at the National Assembly of Cambodia. The objective of this training is to develop research capacity and professional skills of the research staff so that they can use their improved knowledge and skills to serve Members of Parliament effectively through quality research and legislative drafting; thereby, the MPs can make informed decisions on national legislations and policies. 




The 11th Regional Chemicals Management Forum Vientiane, Lao PDR

21-23 February,2017, Lao PDR

The Center continued to encourage and support its researchers and staff to submit their papers to present at both international and local forums. The Center's Researcher provided a presentation on "Human Rights and Environment and Chemical". The conference themes focused on mercury management, human rights and chemicals with an objective to seek regional collaboration on chemicals management beyond 2018. The travelling and accommodation cost for the Center Researcher’s trip to attend the conference was fully funded by RWI. 




Guest Lectures for the Master Programme in International Human Rights Law at Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC)

January-February 2017, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Center continued to collaborate with and provide guest lectures to law students of the Master Programme in International Human Rights Law at PUC. In early 2017, the Center’s researchers provided three guest lectures on comparative human rights law and practical challenges in Cambodia context in the following topics: environmental rights, refugee rights, and children Rights.




Human Rights Trainings for Trainees at Royal Academy for Judicial Professions (RAJP)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In 2017 the Center’s Director and Researchers continued to contribute, in their capacity as members of the RWI ToT program, to a series of RWI human rights training program at RAJP. Throughout this year, the ToT members gathered in a number of occasions to discuss about updating the training modules and making plans for the training for as well as helping design moot court training and competition for judge trainees.