Legal Constraints in the Interpretation of Genocide

  • Mélanie Vianney-LiaudEmail author
Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 6)


Crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s are known as being among the most violent atrocities of the 20th century. Yet, the legal characterization of such acts as genocide has been subject of serious legal controversies beyond the ECCC. As a consequence genocide charges have only been retained in Case 002 against the last Khmer Rouge senior leaders, and those charges are very restricted and does not include the majority of the Cambodian victims. Such a decision irrefutably disappoints many victims who consider that their suffering was not recognized by the ECCC. This chapter identifies and analyses the legal constraints with respect to the legal characterization of the Khmer Rouge atrocities as a crime of genocide.


Genocide Protected groups Minority groups Political groups Genocidal intent Nullum crimen sine lege Customary international law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aix-Marseille University IIIAix-En-ProvenceFrance

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