Representing the Defendant in a Genocide Trial: Experiences from Cambodia

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 807
Feb 06
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 807

As a human rights lawyer, Doreen Chen LL.M.'10 is a leading advocate for persecuted human rights defenders and vulnerable communities in Asia. She also is a defense lawyer for the senior surviving leader of the Khmer Rouge in the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Doreen will speak about her legal and advocacy work at the national level and before various UN mechanisms, and opportunities in international courts and tribunals. 

Biography:

Doreen Chen is a human rights lawyer and a Columbia Law School alumna (LLM '10). She is currently the International Lawyer for Nuon Chea, the senior-surviving leader of the Khmer Rouge, at the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, having previously served from 2014 as his Senior Legal Consultant.  Her wider legal practice focuses on representing persecuted human rights defenders and vulnerable communities in Asia, including before UN human rights mechanisms and as Lead Prosecutor at the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Myanmar.  She cofounded and codirects the NGO Destination Justice, which works on rule of law, access to justice, and access to information in Cambodia and beyond, and is the Coordinator for International Law with the Free Rohingya Coalition.  Among other things, Ms. Chen previously consulted for the UN human rights office, including to develop the first Annotated Cambodian Code of Criminal Procedure.  She has also lectured widely on international law, human rights, and political science at universities in Cambodia, France, and Australia. Ms. Chen is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia.

Lunch will be served. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available. If you have further dietary restrictions, email Diana Pedi at [email protected] at least two business days prior to the event, and we will do our best to accommodate them.