The Boeung Kak Development Project: For Whom and For What? Poor Land Development Practices as a Challenge for Building Sustainable Peace in Cambodia

Using the Boeung Kak Lake development project (BKDP) as a case study, this paper explores how poor land development practices in Cambodia impede positive peace building. Viewed within the context of the country’s unfinished and prolonged land registration and legal… Continue reading

Cambodia Between the End of History and the End Times of Human Rights

On July 28, 2013, Cambodians went to the polls for the fifth time in 20 years and loudly voiced their desire for change. The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which has ruled the country in various guises since 1979, reeled as… Continue reading

“This Is Now the Most Important Trial In the World”: A New Reading of Code #6, the Rule Against Immoral Offenses Under the Khmer Rouge Regime

This paper provides a gender analysis of Code #6, the official policy of the Khmer Rouge regime on sexual relations. It argues that Code #6 was not primarily, if at all, an anti-rape policy and therefore does not exonerate senior… Continue reading

Affirming Cambodia’s Sovereignty Over “Stones” That “Express” “Our Essence”: ICJ’S Interpretation of Its Judgment in the Temple of Preah Vihear Case

In its Judgment of June 15, 1962, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the Temple complex falls within Cambodian territory. Dispute nevertheless continued about possession of the surrounding area, leading to periodic border skirmishes between 2008 and 2011… Continue reading

On the Path to Sustainable Development: An Assessment of Cambodia’s Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Law

Cambodia is currently undertaking a process to overhaul its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) laws and regulations. This article describes some of the challenges Cambodia faces in the agriculture, hydropower, and mining sectors, and assesses four prominent beneficial features of the… Continue reading

How Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programs Could Have Facilitated the Establishment of Long-term Conflict Prevention in Post-Conflict Cambodia

Since the mid-1990s, the international community, members of Cambodian civil society, and the Cambodian Ministry of Defense have stressed the importance of reducing the number of soldiers in the Cambodian army. According to data collected by the London-based International Institute… Continue reading