Journal article

Left justified: The early campaign for an international law response to Khmer Rouge crimes

R Hughes

Political Geography | Elsevier BV | Published : 2020


In April 1979, a mission of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers made a solidarity visit to Cambodia in the immediate aftermath of Khmer Rouge rule of the country. One of the mission members, John H. E. Fried, a former advisor to the United States' military trials at Nuremberg, was moved to subsequently advocate for United Nations recognition of the then ostracised Cambodian state. The crisis of post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia, and the political justifications made by early visitors there, illuminate late Cold War cultures of progressive international law scholarship and activism through their constitutive affects and material practices. While legal investigation of Khmer Rouge crim..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (DE160100501). For their advice on points of language, law and history, as well as general encouragement, my sincere thanks to Monique Chemillier-Gendreau, Roger Clark, Howard de Nike, Wolf Dressler, Hurst Hannum, David Hawk, Helen Jarvis, Naz Modirzadeh, Anne Laure Porde, John Quigley, Greg Stanton, Carolin Wahnbaeck and Till Wahnbaeck. Tom Grindrod gave unparalleled research assistance: heartfelt thanks. Elliott Child, Rob Conkie, Maria Elander, Keo Duong and Bridle Shepherd commented most helpfully on earlier drafts: thank you. Any remaining errors or shortcomings are mine alone. I also acknowledge Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum for the original permission to copy the historical visitor books, and I thank the current Director, Chhay Visoth, for the opportunity to collaborate in digitising those copies. Special thanks to my scholar-translators Susanna Barnes, Ha Dinh, Julie Fedor, Balthasar Kehi, Kate McGregor, My Sambath, Mark Pendleton and Barbara Thimm. Finally, I am grateful for the improvements urged by Fiona McConnell and three anonymous reviewers.