Community Leaders Forum
This initiative will draw from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s goal to infuse rule of law issues in local and national level institutions. Using Anlong Veng Province as the case study, we will study how (and to what extent) concepts of the rule of law as drawn from the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s work have permeated and impacted villagers and village political processes. We expect that our research will provide useful information on ways to enhance local understanding on fundamental concepts of the rule of law. We also expect that our findings will be informative for other rule of law and democracy initiatives of the USG
Anlong Veng is an ideal pilot community for this project because we already have a permanent presence in the community and friendly relations with all key stakeholders from senior government officials to religious and community leaders. The ultimate goal of this process is two-fold: First, research and report on the how and to what extent, concepts of the rule of law, as demonstrated in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s work, have impacted villagers and village political processes. Second we will use this information to guide our mentorship of village elders and villagers at-large in key rule of law concepts, which we expect may range from general concepts and practices to more critical legal issues and questions.