UC Students Attend International Summer School Program

From the 21st to the 31st of July 2014, a group of law students from the University of Cambodia (UC) participated in a summer school program organized by The Institute for International Peace and Security Law, in cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley, on the topic of International Criminal Law and Human Rights Law at Comme a la Maison Hotel in Phnom Penh.

The participants included: Bun Penghuy, Huy Sambor, Meng Limkorng, Tex Kimmey and Thun Visa from the College of Law of UC, alongside other international students from Germany and the United States.

The main purpose of this summer school is to bring students from different countries such as Cambodia, the United States and Germany to share ideas and knowledge to one another. There were a lot of lectures on international criminal law, specifically the International Criminal Court and human rights law, with a focus on ASEAN nations. We learned a lot from this summer school which provided both theories and practical experiences. Dr. Eleni Chaitidou, who works for International Criminal Court (ICC) gave a lecture on the Rome Statute and the court procedure. As for the practical experience, we went to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) to have a discussion with judges, prosecutors, defense sections and civil party lawyers to understand more deeply about the process and the updated information of the case 002.

Moreover, we had a chance to listen to presentations from Professor David Cohen from Stanford University about human rights law, specifically ASEAN Human Rights. Not only did we sit in the class and study the theories with these distinguished professors, but we also had opportunities to visit relevant organizations working on human rights within Cambodia. For instance, we went to the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to discover more about the human rights situation in the world as well as in Cambodia. We were provided the opportunity to raise any questions or doubts about human rights law and enforcement, and get clarification straight from the source. After visiting OHCHR, all the participants were allowed to get books and publications with regard to human rights for free.

During the program, we were given the honor to visit the Senate of the Kingdom of Cambodia in order to learn about its achievements in the past years, its functions to ensure the human rights in Cambodia, and the working procedure of the senate. All the participants were given the floor to ask any questions they may have had.

In conclusion, this summer school was a great program for law students, from the College of Law at the University of Cambodia, to expand their knowledge pertaining to legal fields. With such a program, students gain a lot of opportunities and experience to develop their capacity to compete in this competitive job environment, enhanced by ASEAN Integration 2015. On behalf of the students at the University of Cambodia, I would like to ask for more programs like this, for all students, to improve themselves, and be ready for career hunting after their graduation.


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