The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has selected Megan Hirst of Australia as the new international civil party lead co-lawyer, replacing Marie Guiraud who resigned in June.
According to a press release dated September 6, Ms Hirst will work together with the national civil party lead co-lawyer, Mr Pich Ang, in the proceedings in case 002/02.
“The Civil Parties ensure the effective organization of the presentation of civil parties who are victims of the crimes within the jurisdiction of the ECCC who may join the proceedings and pursue claims for moral and collective reparation,” it said.
Ms Hirst, who has 15 years of experience working in international criminal and human rights law, holds an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Queensland and an LLM (Master of Laws) from Cambridge University, the statement said.
For the past ten years, Ms Hirst has specialized in victims’ participation in international criminal proceedings and has represented victims before the International Criminal Court (ICC), ECCC said.
Ms Hirst had previously worked as a registry official in the ICC’s Victims Participation and Reparations Section, and in the Victims’ Participation Unit of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, it added.
Ms Hirst is also co-editor of the book Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice, and currently serves as Co-Vice President for Victims of the ICC Bar Association (2019-2020).