Penelope Van Tuyl presents a talk entitled "Capturing and Preserving Documentary and Testimonial Evidence of Khmer Rouge Atrocity"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Penelope Van Tuyl presents a talk entitled "Capturing and Preserving Documentar
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Mark Harrison
Penelope Van Tuyl presents a talk entitled "Capturing and Preserving Documentar
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Mark Harrison
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
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Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Penelope Van Tuyl, a Hoover Visiting Fellow and Deputy Director of the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center (WCSC) presented a talk entitled “Capturing and Preserving Documentary and Testimonial Evidence of Khmer Rouge Atrocity” at the 11th annual Hoover Archives Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes. She spoke on July 24 about documentary and testimonial evidence used in the trials of former Khmer Rouge leaders at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and discussed the “Virtual Tribunal” project—a collaborative effort between the Hoover Institution, WCSC, the East-West Center and the ECCC to build a freely accessible, online, multilingual, multimedia archive of fully searchable trial materials, including video and transcripts of courtroom proceedings, millions of pages of historical documents presented as evidence in the trials, legal filings, victim statements, orders, decisions and final judgments of the Court. Van Tuyl demonstrated ways in which different types of researchers might utilize such an online research portal, and discussed how the project's collaborators hoped the Virtual Tribunal could help international criminal tribunals enhance their legacy by facilitating public dialogue and a contributing to historical memory. During the question and answer session, she further elaborated on aspects of Khmer Rouge history that have been particularly contentious in Court. By way of illustration, she talked about various notable aspects of the ECCC's documentary record, and described some particularly memorable aspects of witness testimony that have transpired in the courtroom proceedings thus far.