JAN 31, 2009
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
In just a few weeks, the long-awaited "Killing Fields Trials" will commence before the United Nations-established Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. In light of the scale of the atrocities, the passage of 30 years since they were committed, the hybrid nature of the Tribunal, and the fact that the defense is led by the infamous Jacques Vergès, known for his strategy of trial by disruption -- these will be among the most challenging war crimes cases ever to be tried. Robert Petit will give a preview of the Khmer Rouge trials and discuss the unique challenges they present.
Robert PetitInternational Prosecutor
Khmer Rouge Tribunal / Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Robert Petit has significant experience in international criminal law. He served as a Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda from 1996 to 1999; Regional Legal Advisor United Nations Mission in Kosovo in Mitrovica, Kosovo from 1999 to 2000; Prosecutor, Serious Crimes Unit, United Nations Mission of Assistance to East Timor in 2002; Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor. Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown, Sierra Leone from 2003 to 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Petit worked as a criminal prosecutor in Montreal for eight years.2009 Recipient
Frederick K. Cox International Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice
Robert Petit is this year’s recipient of the Cox Center International Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice. Established in 2003, it has been awarded to the Hon. Philippe Kirsch, President, International Criminal Court; Amb. Hans Corell, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs; Judge Thomas Buergenthal, International Court of Justice; and Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court.