One of the first lessons I learned about studying transitional justice and ­trials,
in par­tic­u­lar, is that they take time. My research for this book began in 2008,
beginning in full with the start of the Duch trial. I only began writing this
book in 2012, ­after the appeals in the case had been deci­ded. Many ­people and
institutions have helped me along the way as I undertook and completed this
First, I’d like to recognize my wife, Nicole, and our ­ d aughters, Meridian and
Arcadia, who have put up with long hours of writing and talking about the
proj­ e ct. Nicole read and commented on many drafts and provided support in so
many ways. Thank you! I also want to acknowledge other ­family members, in-
cluding my ­ fa ther, Ladson, as well as my late ­mother, Darlene, and my ­ br others,
Ladson and Devon, and my in-­ l aws, Peter, Jacki, and Susan, Carolee, and Alissa.
I’d also like to recognize my colleagues and the Rutgers Center for the
Study of Genocide and ­ H uman Rights
particularly the members
of the
Executive Board and the
Chair on Genocide Preven-
tion, Nela Navarro and Stephen Eric Bronner. Nela and Steve, as well as Tom
LaPointe, have been ­ great colleagues for many years and have helped to create
a vibrant intellectual atmosphere in which to consider issues related to the
concerns of this book.
A special thanks also goes to Youk Chhang and his staff at the Documenta-
tion Center of Cambodia (DC-­Cam)/Sleuk Rith Institute
who have
provided a “home away from home” while I did research in Cambodia. I con-
tinue to appreciate our close collaborations. As always, Youk provided invalu-
able help with this proj­ect, including granting permission to use photo­graphs
from the
Thanks also go to many other colleagues and students at
and Rut-
gers. The Rutgers University Research Council, Division of Global Affairs,
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