Acknowl edgments
One of the first lessons I learned about studying transitional justice and trials,
in par ticular, 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 deci ded. Many people and
institutions have helped me along the way as I undertook and completed this
proj ect.
First, I’d like to recognize my wife, Nicole, and our daughters, Meridian and
Arcadia, who have put up with long hours of writing and talking about the
proj ect. 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 father, Ladson, as well as my late mother, Darlene, and my brothers,
Ladson and Devon, and my in- laws, 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 Human 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 proj ect, including granting permission to use photo graphs
from the DC-
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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