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US Lawyers Hold Seminar on War Crimes Prosecution

Five California lawyers began teaching a week-long seminar to Cambodians on prosecuting war crimes, as a Khmer Rouge tribunal continues to falter.

Foreign and Cambodian jurists have failed three times to fully iron out issues related to rules governing a tribunal and over the role of foreign lawyers, but observers warn that failure to begin trials soon will lead to the sinking of a tribunal.

No full agreement has been reached on foreign lawyers and internal rules, and UN-appointed judges have said in recent days they were still willing to walk away from a tribunal that didn't meet international standards.

The seminar, meanwhile, was designed to teach Cambodian lawyers from the experiences of Americans, a leading US law professor told VOA Khmer Monday.