Research Projects

The European Commission Horizon 2020 Project

As part of the Tallinn University of Technology’s (TTU) project: the European Commission Horizon 2020 project on “Institutions for Knowledge Intensive Development: Economic and Regulatory Aspects in South-East Asian Transition Economies,” our researcher, Ngouv Muy Seo visited TTU, Estonia for a period of three months for a study and research. During her visit, Muy Seo received invaluable comments from relevant TTU Law faculty members on her research. Muy Seo had an opportunity to co-author a journal article with a TTU law professor, which would be submitted for publication. Her topic of research involves a comparative study of the right to be heard and represented of children in criminal justice in Cambodia and Estonia.




Victimhood after Mass Violence. How victim participation at the ECCC and other dealing with the past projects effect justice (VaM)

Over the past few years, greater attention has been given to the victims of mass atrocities in transitional justice processes, and there has been an increased willingness to include victims in these processes. The initially most far-reaching attempt to include victims in judicial transitional justice process began at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). This research project will analyse the actual effect of victim participation in the Cambodian Transitional Justice process by answering the question: what effect does the inclusion of civil parties at the ECCC, moral and collective reparations, as well as broader civil societal dealing with the past have on the perception of justice and reconciliation in Cambodia?

This project draws on a mixed method approach of a standardized survey with 439 victims of the Khmer Rouge selected using stratified random sampling based on an array of different categories and follow-up, in-depth interviews with 65 interviewees in order to gain insights on a diverse spectrum of perspectives. This data was complemented by 21 interviews with transitional justice professionals in Phnom Penh. Data collection was conducted from January to June 2018 across 25 provinces of Cambodia.

The project, through series of workshop and publications, offers a critical reflection of the inclusion of civil parties in judicial Transitional Justice processes, in both Cambodia and for other cases. It is highly relevant and timely for policy and academic discussions as it will allow insights into these processes from a victim and civil society perspectives. As such, this project, with its nexus of academia, policy and practice, will allow the formulation of implementable recommendations for future policy on working with victims after mass violence in Transitional Justice process.

The project is a joint collaboration between the Center’s researcher (Ms. Tann Boravin) and Cambodian researcher (Ms. Kum Somaly) with international researchers from Marburg University, Germany (Timothy Williams) and Swisspeace, Switzerland (Ms. Julie Bernath) with the financial support of German Ministry of Economic and Cooperation.

Full reportReport Brief (English) / Report Brief (Khmer)





Demeter Project

The Demeter project examines changes in food security and agrarian transformation in the wake of land commercialization in Cambodia and Ghana from a right to food and gender equality perspective. In September 2017, the Center's Director was invited to join the International Conference on Research for Development in Bern, Switzerland. The Center is required to conduct in-depth research and produce one quality research article per year, which will be combined with papers from other researchers from Ghana and Switzerland, associated with this project for publication. 





Research Concerning the ECCC and Transitional Justice Process in Cambodia

This project is funded by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok under its small grants scheme, and is a collaboration between the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law (CSHL) of the Royal University of Law and Economics and swisspeace. This project proposes to support a group of early career Cambodian researchers to engage with, and creatively contribute to, this literature through publishing articles as part of a Special Issue / Working Paper series in English on the ECCC and the transitional justice process in Cambodia.