Civil Party Lawyer, Silke Studzinsky

Silke Studzinsky is a German lawyer, admitted to the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia as an International Civil Party Lawyer in early 2008. From 1980 – 1987 Silke studied law in Marburg and Berlin, Germany. She received her first state exam in 1987 from Freie Universitaet in Berlin. Following the completion of a traineeship at the Kammergericht Berlin, she received her second state exam in 1990.

Since 1990, Silke has worked as a criminal defense lawyer and as a legal representative for civil parties before criminal courts in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Her focus is fostering the rights of victims of sexual violence, sexual abuse, trafficking and racial discrimination in and outside of courtrooms. She joined the Association of European Democratic Lawyers in 2000 and acted as their Secretary General from 2005 until the end of 2007. She organized and participated in several human rights missions and trial observations and delegations in Turkey, Spain, Greece, Israel, South Korea and Kashmir. In 2006, she was admitted as counsel at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Silke worked with the support of the Civil Peace Service of the German Development Organization DED (now GIZ) in Cambodia to represent Civil Parties before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Until 2009, she was the Senior Legal Advisor to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal program of the Cambodian Human Rights Organization ADHOC. Until 2012 she held  the same position in another Cambodian NGO, Legal Aid of Cambodia.

Silke worked together with the Cambodian Co-Lawyers Ms. Sin Soworn, Mr. Hong Kimsuon (previously in addition with Mr. KONG Pisey and Mr. YUNG Phanith), Mr. Lor Chunthy and Mr. Sam Sokong (previously with Mr. NY Chandy). She was the only international lawyer who was permanently based in Phnom Penh from the beginning of civil party participation until early 2011.

Silke represented with her Cambodian colleagues Mr. HONG Kimsuon, Mr. KONG Pisey and Mr. YUNG Phanith Civil Parties in the entire Case 001 proceedings, including in the appeals on admissibility and reparation before the Supreme Court Chamber. Among them, several of the few survivors from the notorious prison S-21 in Phnom Penh, which is since 1980 the Genocide Museum Tuol Sleng.

In case 002, Silke brought forward the cases of sexualized and gender-based violence. As a result, investigation started -at least- into forced marriages and they were as charges included into the closing order (the indictment).
Together with her Cambodian colleague Mr. HONG Kimsuon Silke also represented victims in the governmental disputed Cases 003 and 004. 
Silke resigned from the representation of Civil parties at the beginning of 2013.

She is now the legal adviser of the Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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