China to help Cambodia in judicial reforms

Cambodia signed a memorandum of understanding with China on Monday under which China will help the kingdom with judicial reforms and sharing expertise in overhauling judicial system, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Wednesday.

However, an international legal expert expressed doubt of the cooperation cautioning that China should not be considered as a model for justice reforms in Cambodia.

Under the 5-year agreement, China will provide training and financial, judicial and legal assistances. China will also help provide training on managing caseloads, finances and personnel as well as information technology.

Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said Cambodian judges will also receive training from China.

Moreover, China will assist in the establishment of a legal and judicial research centre, which will provide policy recommendations to the government on general legal and judicial reforms.

Cambodian judiciary has come under heavy fire from local and international critics for being politically motivated and biased against the opposition.

Kingsley Abbott, senior legal advisor at the International Commission of Jurists, questioned whether China was in the best position to help Cambodian improve its judicial system.