Legal Team Members

FORMER LEGAL TEAM MEMBERS

Amelia Rieger was the in-country Legal Assistant to International Civil Party Counsel Ms Lyma Nguyen from June 2014 until October 2014. Amelia is an Australian lawyer, admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Amelia was responsible for managing and administering the Khmer Rouge Tribunal practice. This involved working closely with national Co-Counsel, Mr SAM Sokong; liaising with clients and stakeholders of the Court; conducting legal research and analysis of international jurisprudence on international crimes and legal procedure; drafting and filing legal submissions; and preparing for the examination of expert and factual witnesses.

Amelia assisted with preparations for the genocide trial in Case 002/02, involving Ms Lyma Nguyen and Mr SAM Sokong’s ethnic Vietnamese clients. In May 2014, Amelia completed a placement with JRS Cambodia where she worked on issues concerning statelessness and nationality rights, a matter that has directly affected, and formed a part of the reparation claims of, Ms Lyma Nguyen and Mr SAM Sokong’s ethnic Vietnamese clients.

Kevin LaPorte began working in Phnom Penh on 17 June 2013, initially as Legal Associate, and subsequently, as the in-country Assistant Attorney to Lyma Nguyen. During his six-month role, Kevin was responsible for the drafting of the Civil Parties’ Closing Brief section related to the Khmer Rouge Senior Leaders’ Joint Criminal Enterprise policies of targeting of ethnic Vietnamese victims during the regime period. Kevin also worked closely with Lyma during preparations for the Civil Parties’ rebuttal during the Closing Statements in Case 002/01, which Lyma delivered before the ECCC on 30 November 2013.

Kevin assisted with preparations for the genocide trial in Case 002/02, involving Lyma and Sam Sokong’s ethnic Vietnamese clients. This includes analysis of Civil Party statements in anticipation of various trial management issues, assisting with preparations for witness lists and visiting clients in rural areas of Cambodia.

Kevin also assisted in the general maintenance of Lyma and Sokong’s law practice at Legal Aid of Cambodia, including updating the civilparties.org website, drafting memoranda and providing briefings on legal and procedural issues arising during Cases 002, Case 003, and Case 004, and liaising with stakeholders. Kevin graduated from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. He is a member of the California Bar Association.

Katie Robertson was the Assistant Lawyer to International Civil Party Lawyer Ms Lyma Nguyen, working at Legal Aid of Cambodia through a placement with Australian Volunteers International from June 2012 – July 2013.  Katie also worked as Legal Team Manager of Ms Nguyen’s legal practice with national co-lawyer Mr SAM Sokong, within the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Project at Legal Aid. Until December 2012, she was also the Assistant Lawyer to former International Civil Party Lawyer, Ms Silke Studzinsky.

Throughout the course of her role, Katie was involved in the daily running of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal practice, including providing legal briefings to international Counsel on international and domestic law and court proceedings, preparation for the examination of expert and factual witnesses (including preparation of Civil Party clients to provide Victim Impact Testimony), working closely with national Co-Counsel, Mr SAM Sakong, and liaising with clients and various members of the court.

Katie was also extensively involved in the researching and drafting of the Legal Report A Boat Without Anchors – A Report on the Legal Status of Ethnic Vietnamese Minority Populations in Cambodia under Domestic and International Laws Governing Nationality and Statelessness.  This involved the facilitation and conduct of client outreach to provincial areas in Cambodia to collect information and conduct legal education.

Ida Gunge volunteered as a Legal Assistant for Ms Lyma Nguyen and Mr SAM Sokong’s civil party legal team during April 2013. Ida primarily assisted in monitoring and analyzing the court proceedings, through media reports as well as at the ECCC, undertaking research and writing memos regarding developments at the court and international law issues and administering the civil party website.  She has now returned to Sweden to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Human Rights at the University of Lund.

Andre Dauwalder, an Australian lawyer, volunteered with the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Project at Legal Aid of Cambodia from February to March 2013, working to the legal team of civil party lawyers, Mr SAM Sokong and Ms Lyma Nguyen.  Andre assisted in undertaking research, preparing legal advices for civil party clients (including analysis of international jurisprudence), monitoring media reports, reporting to the civil party lawyers on matters pertaining to their clients, monitoring trial proceedings and administering the civil parties website.  Andre also visited the ECCC on a number of occasions and attended a civil party regional forum in Battambang province.  Andre returned to Brisbane, Australia in April 2013 to commence work with a private commercial law firm.

Elisabeth Davenport is completing Melbourne Law School’s Juris Doctor degree, while volunteering at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre. During January and February 2013, Lizzie interned with international civil party counsel, Ms Lyma Nguyen. This predominantly involved helping to prepare the examination of expert witness, Elizabeth Becker, in Case 002 before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Research tasks and drafting reports for the civil parties’ website also formed part of her responsibilities.

Billy Chia-Lung Tai was a Legal Assistant for respective international civil party Counsels, Ms Lyma Nguyen and Ms Silke Studzinsky, from January 2012 until July 2012. During this six month period, Billy worked primarily on the examination of Duch in Case 002 before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and developed and produced the Civil Parties website. Billy is still involved with advising on and improving the Civil Parties website (www.civilparties.org).  However, in 2013, Billy’s primary role is Human Rights Advisor at the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), through Australian Volunteers International.

Sharon Benporath is an Australian lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory in 2012, and works as a Senior Strategy and Policy Adviser on International Aid and Development issues. In early 2012, as an intern for Legal Aid of Cambodia within Ms Lyma Nguyen’s Civil Party Legal Team, she assisted with trial preparation for the examination of key witness (and convicted person in Case 001), Kaing Guek Eav, alias “Duch”, the former Head of the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 Security Center in Phnom Penh, in Case 002.

Mali Sok worked as a legal intern for Ms Lyma Nguyen from November 2011 to February 2012. During this period she assisted in the drafting of legal submissions, press releases and victim statements in Cases 002 and 003, conducted legal research and analysis in preparation for civil party admissibility appeals, monitored court proceedings, analysed Lyma’s client composition and maintained records of client files and consolidated and drafted materials for a Legal Team Manual. Mali is currently in China studying a Masters of Chinese Civil and Commercial Law at Xiamen University.

Kate Bogan worked as an intern for Silke Studzinsky from August 2011 to February 2012. She was there as part of a David L. Boren Fellowship to conduct research on societal reconciliation. Her work for Silke primarily involved drafting press releases and editing speeches on sexual and gender based violence, and issues surrounding Cases 003 and 004 in the Khmer Rouge trials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She also helped prepare the CPLs and LCLs for witness questioning in Case 002.  Kate is now back in the US and has just started working at Salisbury University on a research project to analyse the effectiveness of mediation in the Maryland Judiciary.

Lindsay Freeman’s ultimate goal is to work in the area of international criminal and human rights law. In pursuit of this, she undertook an internship as law student with Silke Studzinsky’s Civil Party Legal Team from June to August 2011. During her internship, Lindsay edited and reviewed oral and written submissions, researched the scope of expert testimony and included the results of this research into a draft submission. She conducted research on rape as a crime against humanity between 1975-1979 and its status a s customary international law. Lindsay will graduate from the University of San Francisco School of Law in May 2013, when she will go onto work with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in the post-bar program.

Tadeja Novinc is a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights. From January to July 2011, however, Tadeja was legal assistant for international civil party counsel, Silke Studzinsky. In this role, Tadeja prepared a draft reparation request for gender based violence victims to be submitted before the Trial Chamber in the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia in Case 002. She also worked on appeals against decisions of the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges which rejected civil party applications for Cases 003 and 004.

Marijn Sprokkereef, born in the Netherlands, has a Bachelor’s degree in Dutch and EU Law from the University of Maastricht and a Master’s degree in Law and Language Studies. Marijn did a legal internship with the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Project at Legal Aid for Cambodia from May to July 2010. He worked as a legal intern for Mr. NY Chandy and Ms. Silke Studzinsky. Marijn primarily assisted in the interviews of clients in order to collect additional information supplementing their Civil Party applications to bring them into the scope of the investigations.  Marijn helped drafting template appeal grounds in preparation of the appeals against mass admissibility rejection orders.  Furthermore, Marijn worked with Ms. Silke Studzinsky on various legal issues, for example the issue of reparations. Marijn now works at a commercial law firm called Audier & Partners in Hanoi, Vietnam. The firm is primarily focusing on advising foreign investors on Vietnamese law, but is also sometimes involved in international commercial arbitration procedures as well as some more social projects in cooperation with NGOs.

Linus Sonderegger worked as a legal intern, assisting Silke Studzinsky, from April to July 2010. During this period Linus did research on questions concerning victims’ participation and drafted template appeal grounds, regarding upcoming Civil Party Application rejections. He also assisted in interviewing clients, as well as analysing their statements in the application forms on the question whether the reported crimes were within the scope of investigation. After Linus completed his internship, he finished his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany. In March 2011 he passed the Bar Examination in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Linus is currently working as a clerk for the Federal Administrative Court of Switzerland, at the Asylum Section.

Lachlan Scully was a legal assistant  for international civil party counsel, Silke Studzinsky from October to December 2010. During this time he helped to prepare appeals against reparation orders and rejection orders of civil parties in Case 001, as well as preparing expert and amicus curiae requests in Case 002, preparing submissions to amend Extraordinary Chamber of the Courts of Cambodia practice directions, interviewing clients and drafting their statements and conducting factual and legal research tasks. Since January 2011, he has been working as a legal advisor in the International Law Section of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Gillian Quandt worked from September 2010-June 2011 as a legal assistant to the legal team of Civil Party Lawyer Ms Lyma Nguyen, whilst also working as the Business Advisor to Legal Aid of Cambodia (LAC).  In her nine months working for Ms. Nguyen, she assisted in researching and writing the appeals for civil party applicants who were deemed inadmissible by the Co-Investigating Judges (Ms Nguyen’s legal team achieved a 100% success rates on these appeals, resulting in all appellants being granted civil party status by the Pre-Trial Chamber).  Gillian’s work involved interviewing clients in Phnom Penh and other provinces, updating clients about the proceedings, conducting legal research, and contributing to trial preparations on the persecution of ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia.  As Business Advisor to LAC, Gillian consulted the directors and helped to develop new projects for the NGO, including projects on prison reform, juvenile offenders diversion, and anti-trafficking projects.   In 2013, Gillian is a second year law student at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut.  She is interested in a variety of public interest issues, including immigration and public defence.

Rob Wetton, through Australian Volunteers International Macquarie University PACE Program, provided legal assistance to International Civil Party Counsel, Ms Lyma Nguyen during the appeal phase in Case 002 before the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (September and October of 2010).  This included interviewing victims, substantive research, drafting and analysis. In 2012, Rob received the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, which allowed him to complete his BCom-Mktg LLB (Hons) in Hong Kong. He then began working as a creative for Publicis Singapore, working on regional advertising campaigns for the Asia Pacific region. Although he works in advertising, he is still active in the human rights space, providing assistance to the Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights and strategic advice to various charities, including IMCOLOURBLIND Inc., which he founded in 2009.

Dominic Afzali worked for Silke Studzinsky as an intern as law student from May 2010 – August 2010.  The role involved drafting template grounds of appeals in advance of Civil Party Application rejection orders, conducting legal research and analysis of national and international legal instruments, assisted in interviewing clients in the provinces in order to collect supplementary information translating documents and interpreting between English and French.  Currently, Dominic is a California-qualified attorney practising as an associate at Volterra Fietta in London.  He advises and represents States, international organisations and private entities on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law and international dispute resolution issues.  The main area of his current practice is international commercial and investment arbitration.

Dr. Elisa Hoven works at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on victim participation in transitional justice. She is also writing her second phD, ‘Habilitation’, at the University of Cologne, Center for International Peace and Security Law. Prior to this, Elisa completed a five month internship (July – November 2009) as legal assistant with Silke Studzinsky’s Civil Party Legal Team. Here, Elisa worked on the appeal against the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia’s decision to exclude civil party lawyers from questioning the accused at the sentencing stage, as well as making a submission on reparations.

Alison Yewdell is a law clerk to Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the D.C. Court of Appeals. From May to August 2009, she interned as a law student with international civil party counsel, Silke Studzinsky, primarily working on investigative requests in order to charge the defendants with committing genocide and enforced disappearances in the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia.

Fridrich Sauerbier worked for Silke Studzinsky as a legal assistant from October – December 2008.  He primarily worked on issues involving financial compensation and Joint Criminal Enterprises (JCE III).  Friedrich currently works as a criminal defence lawyer, specialising in refugee law and human rights.

Christian Marxsen, legal assistant for Silke Studzinsky’s Civil Party Legal Team from April to August 2008. In this position, he drafted submissions to the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia on civil parties’ procedural rights, undertook historical research on forced marriages and sexual violence and developed a catalog of suggested amendments to the Internal Rules in favour of civil party participation. Christian is currently completing a Masters degree at New York University, with a focus on transitional justice mechanisms.