Access to Law

Effective and reliable access to law is essential in a democracy where the government is accountable to their citizens.

The Annotated Cambodian Constitution: fostering sustainable change in the Cambodian judicial system

As it has been one year since the publication of the first edition of the Annotated Cambodian Constitution, we decided to conduct an impact study on the usefulness of the ACC for students and legal professionals. To gather user data, we created an online survey and conducted in-depth interviews with a selected number of stakeholders on their use of the ACC. It is now our pleasure to present you with the impact story of the Annotated Cambodian Constitution based on data from a wide range of user. To purchase a copy of the ACC or find out more about the ACC and how you can partner with us on a second edition, please contacts us at justicematters@destinationjustice.org​.

Young Cambodians make their voices heard on “Justice and Corruption” in the country

At Destination Justice, we believe that if young people are given a platform for self-expression and creative proclamation, they can be the catalysts for change. This is why we launched the Youth Voice Contest as part of the Justice Matters Conference 2018. This event was co-organised with our partners at Transparency International Cambodia, and with the help and support from the European Union, the Swedish, and the French embassy. The conference took place on Friday the 7th December at the National University of Management, with the aim of facilitating dialogue between students, legal professionals and academics, on Justice in Cambodia. The Youth Voices Contest encouraged and enabled young Cambodians, 25 years old or under, to participate. The contestants were invited to submit creative w...

The Justice Matters Conference 2018 promotes better Access to Justice in Cambodia

The Justice Matters Conference (JMC) is an annual event, usually organized in July for the celebration of International Justice Day. The conference gathers NGOs, CSOs, policy makers, legal practitioners, academics, as well as young professionals and students. The JMC is a platform allowing all of these actors to come together to engage in collaborative efforts such as discussions and debates, all revolving around justice in Cambodia. Due to the National Elections last July, we decided to hold this year’s conference, co-organised with Transparency International Cambodia, on the 7th December 2018 at the National University of Management, which also enabled us to use the event as an occasion to celebrate and highlight International Anti-Corruption Day. The JMC had five different panels; three...

Annotated Cambodian Constitution – Dissemination Workshops

Destination Justice, in partnership with Transparency International Cambodia, is currently facilitating a series of training workshops for students and legal professionals on the Cambodian constitutional law and the use of the Annotated cambodian Constitution (ACC). Those workshops are designed to present the ACC to the legal community, generate discussion about cambodian constitutional law and share the handbook with the legal community. Beginning with a refresher of the constitutional law and its status as the supreme law protecting Cambodia’s democracy, the training then highlights the purpose of the Annotated Cambodian Constitution. It summarizes current Cambodian constitutional jurisprudence and decisions from the Cambodian Constitutional Council. Additionally, relevant cases from dif...

Cambodia – Justice Matters in 2017

Cambodia is uniquely placed to contribute to a dialogue on how the pursuit of international justice can strengthen local jurisprudential standards. Cambodia is one of two ASEAN countries that have signed and ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Moreover, it is one of the few countries ever to host a UN-backed yet domestic tribunal to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as it does at the ECCC. Capitalising on Cambodia’s unique position in this regard, Destination Justice has organised annual events, since 2014, celebrating International Justice Day. These events have aimed to raise awareness within Cambodia of domestic justice and promote fair, independent, and transparent justice. As a member of the NGO Coalition for the International Crimi...

Press Release: Launch of the Annotated Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia

Phnom Penh – On 5 December 2017, Destination Justice launched the First Edition of the Annotated Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Destination Justice is working since 7 years to highlight jurisprudences and Cambodian laws for the use of legal professionals and citizens. After the publication of the Annotated Cambodian Code of Criminal Procedure in 2014, Destination Justice chose to develop this legal culture, annotating the fundamental law: the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The First Edition of the Annotated Cambodian Constitution has been made possible thanks to the support of many collaborators who have helped develop it, with notable contributions from His Excellency Hor Peng, His Excellency Taing ...

Access to Law & Justice: Destination Justice signs MoU with Transparency International Cambodia

After the success of the Justice Matters Conference in July 2017 highlighting the need to all work together for better justice in Cambodia, we are proud to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Transparency International Cambodia (TIC) setting access to legal information and improvement of justice as the main purpose of our collaboration with specific activities to unfold in 2016-2017.

Destination Justice attends Open Data Day in Phnom Penh

On Saturday the 22nd of February, Destination Justice participated in Open Data Day to raise support for the adoption of open data policies that allow the use, reuse and redistribution of public information. The event organised by Open Knowledge Foundation gathered citizens from across the globe to demonstrate the utility of open data by liberating data, writing proposals, creating visualisations and publishing analyses of open data. The purpose of these presentations was to promote the wide sweeping benefits of democratising knowledge in various forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. In Phnom Penh, Destination Justice gathered at the event to share the benefits of providing free access to legal information in Cambodia. Preside...

Nestlé and human rights due diligence: Implications for company risk and impacts in LDC’s

Executive Summary: Nestlé’s white paper on human rights, produced in November 2013 represents the first time a company has publicly commented upon the assessment of its impact on human rights in its operations and supply chain.  It has, in places, given an appraisal of the difficulties they have had in adhering to human rights norms, and how they plan to address these actual and potential risks of violations. However the paper is mostly a commentary on the methodology of their human rights impact assessment, rather than a discussion of the impacts themselves. I plan to use this piece, to describe the white paper itself, with analysis, and then go on to discuss the implications of this paper in the way companies will interact with human rights in the future, and the positive impact human ri...

Destination Justice team facilitates workshops for students at Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear

Destination Justice were warmly welcomed by staff and students at Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear (CSUK) on the 23rd and 24th of November to deliver a series of practical workshops. Each workshop aimed to be interactive and hands on and we were glad to see the students approaching the workshops with lots of enthusiasm and positive attitude, resulting in a very successful and rewarding experience for all involved. The first day was at Kampong Cham campus and the second at Kamchaymear, the main campus in Prey Veng province.  Students registered for two of four workshops offered including Professional Writing, CV Writing & Job Hunting, Public Speaking & Advocacy and Using technology effectively. About Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear (CSUK) CSUK’s mission is to provide education ...

Update on the Legal and Institutional Framework for the Protection of All Persons Deprived of their Liberty

Summary A person is deprived of his or her liberty when he or she is detained, either lawfully or unlawfully. Over ten million people are currently detained around the world by means of incarceration or imprisonment. However, other forms of detention include institutionalization for mental health reasons and detention due to migrant status. The failure to adequately protect the rights of those deprived of their liberty is a major roadblock in providing equal access to justice to all people. Whether a deprivation of liberty is arbitrary or legitimate, international human rights laws, standards, and other mechanisms provide certain protections to those deprived of their liberty. These protections aim to prevent abuses of those who have been deprived of their liberty, such as torture, neglect...

2012 Destination Justice Annual Rule of Law Report

Destination Justice has today released a Report on Rule of Law in Cambodia, focusing on 2012. This report provides insight into the challenges and progress in developing the rule of law in Cambodia in the past year by outlining the most significant rule of law developments that occurred. In particular, the 2012 report features land titling issues, Beehive radio owner Mam Sonando’s trial, main opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s possible return before the upcoming 2013 national elections, the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia, and more. The Cambodian Annual Rule of Law Report is intended to reach a global community of law practitioners and students, the report focuses on areas of justice, law making and implementation, violations and improvements concerning human rights standards.

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