Meisenberg Stegmiller Frontcover

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia - Assessing their Contribution to International Criminal Law - International Criminal Justice Series

April 2016 Editor: Simon M. Meisenberg , Attorney-at-Law, Aachen, Germany
Editor: Dr. Ignaz Stegmiller , Franz von Liszt Institute for International and Comparative Law, JLU Gießen, Germany



  • Published: April 2016
  • Pages: XVIII, 612
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

This book is the first comprehensive study on the work and functioning of the Extraordinary
Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).
The ECCC were established in 2006 to bring to trial senior leaders and those most responsible for serious crimes committed under the notorious Khmer Rouge regime. Established by domestic law following an agreement in 2003 between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the UN, the ECCC’s hybrid features provide a unique approach of accountability for mass atrocities. The book entails an analysis of the work and jurisprudence of the ECCC, providing a detailed assessment of their legacies and contribution to international criminal law. The collection, containing 20 chapters from leading scholars and practitioners with inside knowledge of the ECCC, discuss the most pressing topics and its implications for
international criminal law. These include the establishment of the ECCC, subject matter crimes, joint criminal enterprise and procedural aspects, including questions of trying frail accused and the admission of torture statements into evidence.
Simon M. Meisenberg is an Attorney-at-Law in Germany. Formerly he was a Legal Advisor to the ECCC and a Senior Legal Officer at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Ignaz Stegmiller is the Coordinator for the International Programs at the Franz von Liszt Institute, University of Giessen, Germany. Formerly he was a Legal Advisor to a human rights organization in Cambodia.

“The editors’ systematic approach grants genuine access to the history of this extraordinary court and its achievements in developing further substantive and procedural international criminal law … Impressive contributors reflect the role and in part changing opinion of judges and counsel working in this different environment … This book is a must for all open-minded practitioners, scholars and young professionals in International Criminal Law.”
                                                                        Professor Wolfgang Schomburg
                                                                        former Judge at the ICTY and ICTR

“This volume of essays shows how the ECCC has struggled with the challenges and in varying measure has succeeded in creating a jurisprudence of global significance.”
                                                                      Stephen J. Rapp
                                                                      former international prosecutor and
                                                                      former US ambassador-at-large for global criminal justice

 "The Extraordinary Chambers is well organized and very informative – mostly in the descriptive sense. The subjects covered are weighty and relevant, providing a more than cursory overview. From an insider’s point of view, having practiced before the ECCC since 2008, the chapters tick all the relevant, significant, and controversial boxes, and are relatively solid, well researched, and balanced.“  
                                                                                            Michael G. Karnavas
                                                                                            International Criminal Law Blog

"Der von Meisenberg und Stegmiller herausgegebene Sammelband ist ein Füllhorn voller Denkanstöße für den interessierten Strafjuristen ebenso wie für den versierten Experten des Völkerstrafrechts".
                                                                                            Stud.jur. Alexander Benz, Ref. jur. Tobias Römer, 
                                                                                            PD Dr. Ken Eckstein, Marburg
                                                                                            Zeitschrift fuer Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik