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The Justice Facade: Trials of Transition in Cambodia

Alexander Hinton


Is there a point to international justice? This book explores this question in Cambodia, where Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge revolutionaries committed genocide and crimes against humanity in an attempt to create a pure socialist regime (1975–1979). Due to geopolitics, it was only in 2006 that a UN-backed hybrid tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (“Khmer Rouge Tribunal”), commenced operation, one of a growing number of post-Cold War transitional justice interventions. The Justice Facade argues that there is a point to such tribunals, but it is masked by a set of utopian huma ... More

Keywords: transitional justice, Khmer Rouge Tribunal/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, law and society, peacebuilding, Southeast Asia, genocide, international/global justice, anthropology, ethnography, culture, NGOs/civil society, globalization/localization, human rights, Buddhism, memory, victim participation and outreach, Uncle San and Aunty Yan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198820949
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198820949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Hinton, author
Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University