Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Trials and Tribulations on the Judgement of Khmer Rouge Leaders

Guest Speaker: Judges Nil Nonn and You Ottara
President and judge of the ECCC

Event Date: Thursday 9th July 2015
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, HP Tower, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington, 6011.

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About the speakers

nil nonnNIL Nonn (Cambodia) is the President of the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Since 2008 he served as President of the Siem Reap Court after presiding at the Battambang Court from 1993 to 2008. He was a professor at the Royal Academy of Judicial Professions between 2005 and 2009. Judge NIL Nonn obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from Ho Chi Minh City University in Vietnam and followed additional training in international and human rights law (organized by UNDP). He was promoted to deputy director of Cambodia’s highest court early in 2014. In addition to Khmer, he speaks Vietnamese.


Judge NIL has presided over the two trials completed at the ECCC. The first trial (Case 001), concerned the Secretary (director) of the notorious Tuol Sleng (S-21) prison which operated during the Khmer Rouge era from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979. This trial began early in 2010 and ended with a verdict in July 2010. The second Case (002/01), of NUON Chea and KHIEU Samphan, two former senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge, began in late 2011, and ended with a verdict on 7 August 2014. The next segment of the trial of these two accused begins on 17 October 2014, and is expected to last between 3 and 5 years. Two other senior leaders who were originally included in the Case 002 were severed from the indictment due to dementia in one instance, and death in the other.

ottaraYOU Ottara (Cambodia) obtained a Master’s Degree in Law from Kazakhstan National University in 1995. He has worked in the Ministry of Justice as Official of the Department of Criminal and Civil Affairs (1995-1996), as Bureau Chief in charge of ASEAN and International Cooperation (1996-2001), as Judge and Director of the International Affairs Department (2001-2002). Since 2002, he serves as a Judge of the Supreme Court. He has conducted research in national and international law and participated in many programs and conferences relating to law issues, including as a lecturer. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Judicial Professions. In addition to Khmer, he speaks English and Russian.

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