Currently, he is also Chairman of the Advocacy Team; on the board of several non-government organisations including, Cambodian Volunteers for Community Development and Humanitarian Accountability Partnership; and completing a master’s degree in public administration at Panha Chiet University in Phnom Penh.
Admitted to the BAKC in 2003, Mr. SAM Sokong went on to work with the Cambodia Defenders Project (CDP), the Legal Aid department of BAKC and Legal Aid of Cambodia. At the CDP from 2004-2006, he handled trafficking, domestic violence and divorce cases in the Legal Support for Children and Women department. He also was a Team Leader and a member of the Legal Awareness Program. From 2006 until 2010, Mr. SAM Sokong worked in the Legal Aid department of CDP, where he was responsible for trafficking cases across the Khmer-Thailand border, as well as political, human rights abuse, land dispute and serious criminal cases.
Mr. SAM Sokong is fluent in English and has completed many national and international training programs. Most recently, he participated in the Khmer Rouge Fellowship Program of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), where he was trained in international law, reconciliation and jurisprudence. As part of this program, he also visited International Courts in Germany and the Netherlands.
At the ECCC, Mr. SAM Sokong, together with International Civil Party Co-Lawyer, Lyma Nguyen, now represents ethnic Vietnamese minority victims of genocide, Khmer persons who lost Vietnamese spouses under the Khmer Rouge’s “mixed marriage” policy, those who were mistreated on an accusation of being associated with Vietnamese persons, Cambodian diaspora victims currently residing in Australia and the United States, and foreign nationals.