LLS Staff Seminar #7: The Figure of the Victim in International Criminal Justice, the case of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

In the seventh staff seminar, Dr Maria Elander will present a paper titled ‘The Figure of the Victim in International Criminal Justice, the case of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia’.

Abstract

In international criminal justice, victims appear centre stage. Victims are invoked in the arguments for setting up international(ised) criminal courts and they figure in a range of institutional practices of these courts. Yet, despite this centrality, there is nothing self-evident about their appearances. In this presentation, I examine some of the institutional practices through which victims come into view. Most discourses on victims in international criminal justice take the subject of victims for granted, as an identity and category existing exogenously to the judicial process. I take a different approach. Through a close reading of the institutional practices of one particular court, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) or the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, I demonstrate how court practices produce subjectivity of the victim, a subjectivity that is profoundly of law and endogenous to the enterprise of international criminal justice.

Biography

Dr. Maria Elander is a lecturer in Criminology and the Directory of the Criminology Program at La Trobe Law School. Her research is primarily in the broader field of international criminal justice, and engages with theories in cultural and feminist legal studies. Her work examines questions of representation, victimhood and encounters between the local, national and international in crime and criminal justice. She completed her PhD in Law at Melbourne Law School in 2015 on a thesis on the figure of the victim in international criminal justice, focusing on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She is currently preparing a manuscript based on the thesis that will be published by Routledge early 2018, and the presentation is based on this forthcoming monograph.

Date: Thursday 4 August 2016

Time: 12.45pm to 2pm

Venue: La Trobe Law School Moot Court, Social Sciences Building (Room 232), Melbourne Campus, La Trobe University

Cost: Free

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