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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...

The Justice Matters Conference is back, with a special focus on youth and legal aid!

It is that time of the year again! Destination Justice Cambodia will hold its yearly Justice Matters Conference at the National University of Management, in Phnom Penh, on 7 December 2018. The Justice Matters Conference (JMC) is an annual event organized by Destination Justice. Originally celebrating the adoption of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), the JMC has evolved to focus on reminding us that while international justice – from its pure implementation at the ICC to more hybrid implementations like the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – are highly profiled, domestic justice in Cambodia is equally crucial to lasting peace and development. However, it still faces challenges putting at a disadvantage the ones most in crucial need of a fa...

Justice Matters Conference 2017 advocates for better legal aid and information

Phnom Penh – On 17 July 2017, on World Day for International Justice, celebrating the adoption of the Rome Statute, Destination Justice and the Ministry of Justice organised the Justice Matters Conference at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh. The Conference’s objective was to empower policymakers, practitioners, academics and anyone interested in improving the Cambodian justice system by developing and facilitating tools and collaborations. Of the 114 people who attended the Conference, 75% thought the objectives of the Conference were met. Featuring discussions with experts and scholars from civil society, the royal family and the government, the conference included many panel discussions on various topics essential to justice in Cambodia.  The first panel discussion revolved aroun...

Training Workshop on Ways to Defend Defamation and Incitement Charges

[br] Destination Justice, in partnership with the East West Management Institute, is currently facilitating a series of training workshops for lawyers who provide legal aid services as part of Cambodia’s fledgling legal aid community. The three one-day workshops are designed to generate discussion about major issues lawyers face representing clients and to provide practical skills training to develop capacity for lawyers to represent clients in court. [br] On 27 June, Destination Justice consultants Natalie Matranga and Madeleine Forster hosted the second workshop titled: techniques to defend journalists, human rights defenders and members of community sector organisations. This session built on the first workshop, hosted on 31 May, which explored defence strategies to assist victims of hu...

Training Workshop on Defence Techniques to Assist Victims of Human Rights and Political Abuses

Professional development for lawyers is vital to enhance legal advocacy and promote the development of the rule of law in post-conflict nations such as Cambodia. Today, only a small number of lawyers provide free of charge legal aid services to Cambodians in need of legal assistance. On 31 May, Destination Justice led a hands-on, interactive training workshop for Cambodian legal aid lawyers on Defence Techniques to Assist Victims of Human Rights and Political Abuses with the support of the East West Management Institute (EWMI) and USAID.