Donors and Partners

Royal University of Law and Economics

The Center is housed under RULE, with a long-term goal to be fully integrated into RULE’s structure. This is why the Center’s primary strategic plans for its sustainability rests on its ability to maintain and strengthen good relationship and cooperation with the RULE administration. Over the years, the Center managed to establish trust and working relationship with RULE through various academic activities and cooperation, especially with oversea universities as demonstrated throughout this report.





Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI)

The ongoing support the Center has received from RWI since its inception in terms of funding, training, mentoring, networking, resource and other opportunities contribute enormously to the achievement of the Center and more importantly the promotion and better understanding of human rights in Cambodia. On behalf of the Cambodian legal and academic communities who benefit greatly from its works and activities, the Center would like to take this opportunity to express its deep appreciation for RWI’s generous and valuable support, with patience and understanding, for the work of the Center.​





International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

ICRC used to fund 100% salary of one of the Center’s Researchers (2014 to 2018) who worked exclusively on IHL related topics and activities. Specifically, the  International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Researcher (1) conducted research on contemporary IHL issues related to Cambodia, (2) taught all three classes of IHL course at ELBBL, (3) developed IHL training tools and materials for use in training Cambodian lawmakers, military and police forces, especially UN peacekeepers, and (4) provided coaching and supervising support for ELBBL students who compete in the IHL moot court financed by the ICRC. In addition to the funding of one full-time researcher at CSHL, the ICRC donated books and documents related to IHL legal instruments to the Center for its library’s collection from time to time.


From 2019, ICRC stopped supporting fund 100% to the center, however they are continuing to support the IHL Moot Court Competition every year for both local and international competition.





International Staff Exchange Program, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

CSHL has joined project with the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions programme Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project, “Institutions for Knowledge Intensive Development: Economic and Regulatory Aspects in South-East Asian Transition Economies”. The project implementation is led by Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) in Estonia, with RULE, through the support of the Center, participating as one of the partner universities from South-East Asian including Laos and Vietnam. The University of Lausanne in Switzerland also participated in the H2020 project as one of the partner universities. In mid-December 2016, the Center received confirmation from TUT that the project’s budget proposal was granted and that implementation of the project would commence in early 2017 till end of 2020. The Center is officially the focal point of contact with regard to the cooperation between TUT and RULE to implement this project.


The objective of the H2020 project is to develop professional networking, research abilities, knowledge and skills of individual researchers and academics from partner universities, which is mainly the endeavor of the Center to take part in this project. Briefly speaking, the H2020 project provides the opportunity for the Center and RULE’s researchers, staff and professors to go to TUT as a visiting researcher for a period of three months at a minimum and not more than one year, depending on availability and scope of work plan of each visitor. This is in line with the Center and RULE’s professional development strategy for cost effectiveness and its lack of capacity by attending quality professional development program organized by leading organizations or academic institutions. The research visitors from the Center and RULE to TUT were exposed to European standard working and academic environment and had the opportunity to attended various research trainings, academic courses, and seminars conducted by experienced international researchers and academics. They also benefited greatly from the vast resources of TUT’s modern facilities and libraries, which helped them work on their individual research projects more effectively. They also had the chance to present their research papers to TUT’s students, staff and professors. Therefore, participating in the H2020 project expanded the Center and RULE’s professional networking and raised their international stance on research and cooperation.






University of Victoria, Canada

In 2017, CSHL cooperated with the University of Victoria, Canada, as its partner university to implement a project called “Regulating Globalization in South and Southeast Asia”, funded through the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships-Advanced Scholars (QES-AS) for a period of 4 years till end of 2020. This project aims to support doctoral, post-doctoral, and early career scholars from South and Southeast Asia conducting research on the focus area, Governance and Justice through exchange programs between the partner universities. As a result, the Center nominated one of its Researchers to apply for a PhD degree through this collaborative project. Having gone through all admission requirements, the Center’s Researcher was awarded the PhD scholarship to study in the University of Victoria. Upon her return, the Researcher is expected to re-integrate with the Center and RULE in order to contribute to its institutional development and achievement by disseminating her improved skills and research not only within the Center and RULE but also the wider community in Cambodia. As part of the cooperation, the Researcher continues to be a focal point of contact between the two universities in relation to the implementation of this project.





Australia Volunteers for International Development

CSHL has recruited Australian Volunteers to work at the Center as its Organizational Development Advisor through the AVID program every year, which is an initiative of the Australian Government to provides individuals with opportunities to contribute to Australia’s aid objectives through volunteering. During their working at the Center, the Volunteers have contributed to changes to the Center’s growth and development. It also guarantees that all the Center’s operations and activities are conducted in an effective, accountable and transparent manner. The Volunteer also​ has provided meaningful consultation and guidance to the Center’s Director related to its strategic and action plans to ensure the smooth operation and financial sustainability of the Center in the long run.





CSHL signed a three-years research agreement with the Graduate Institute-Geneva, Switzerland, to implement the Demeter Project on “Land Commercialization, Gendered Agrarian Transformation and the Right to Food”. The singing a three-years research agreement, effective on 01 February 2018. The Demeter project contributes 100% of the researcher’s salary for 36 Months.




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.