Completion of Final Workshop on International Law for the Parliamentary Diplomacy Training Program in Cambodia

The Max Planck Foundation effectively completed its final workshop for the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia’s “Parliamentary Diplomacy Training Program”.

From 17 to 21 June 2018, the Max Planck Foundation delivered a workshop on peaceful dispute settlement for parliamentary staff of both the Senate and National Assembly in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The five-day workshop focused on familiarising the participants with different means of peaceful dispute settlement, such as negotiation, arbitration and judicial settlement. The course further elaborated on the United Nations system, with a particular emphasis on the UN judicial body, the International Court of Justice, before addressing other international courts and tribunals.

As part of the training, the participants had the opportunity to visit the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), which is a hybrid criminal tribunal established to prosecute the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge for serious crimes committed from 1975 to 1979 in Cambodia.

This is the fourth and final international law workshop of the Parliamentary Diplomacy Training Program, which commenced in 2017 and aims to strengthen the capacity of the Cambodian Parliament following a request from the Secretary General of the Senate. The Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia and the Max Planck Foundation plan to continue their collaboration into 2019 and beyond.