Allegations of Political Interference, Bias and Corruption at the ECCC

  • Shannon Maree TorrensEmail author
Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 6)


This chapter analyses the allegations of political interference, judicial bias and corruption that have plagued the ECCC since its inception, manifesting in considerable pressure applied to the Court and its judges by the accused, international donors and monitors. This has resulted in instances of judicial resignation and also applications for judicial disqualification. The successful completion of trials at the ECCC is vital to ensuring the integrity and legacy of the Court. It is essential for victims of the Khmer Rouge regime that those who were most responsible for the crimes committed are brought to justice. It is equally paramount that those individuals are prosecuted by a judicial structure that has both the perceived and actual integrity to ensure that the accused are tried fairly by a court that is respected locally within Cambodia, as well as internationally for its independence.


Disqualification of judges Judicial independence Political interference Bias Corruption International criminal justice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Sydney Law SchoolSydneyAustralia

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