Justice Talks| Nicholas Koumjian in conversation with Suyash Srivastava

Feb 12, 2019


About Interview


Mr. Nicholas Koumjian, International Co-Prosecutor, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), speaks with Berkeley Law Society, Co-Director, Suyash Srivastava about role of International Courts and Ad-Hoc Tribunals during post conflict transitions.


Amongst other topics, Mr. Koumjian in this video summarizes about various cases ongoing, and completed at ECCC. He explains about the complex structure of ECCC, and discusses strategy behind conducting such big trials. He further discusses about the challenges he faced as a Prosecutor, other justice mechanisms, and situation in conflict countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Myanmar.


Finally, Mr. Koumjian engages in a light banter with Suyash, and gives a friendly word of advice to young lawyers looking forward to a future in International Criminal Law.


About Mr. Nicholas Koumjian


Mr. Nicholas Koumjian is a well-known jurist and lawyer. He has prosecuted cases before national and international courts for past 40 years, handling some of the most complex criminal trials. He has worked in most of the International Criminal Courts and Ad-Hoc tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, International Court for the Former Yugoslavia, Special Panels for Serious Crimes in East Timor, State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Special Court for Sierra Leone.


Mr. Nicholas Koumijian in his current role was appointed as International Co-Prosecutor in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) after nomination by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the approval by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Koumjian was Senior Appeals Counsel for the prosecution of the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He represented Abdallah Banda and Saleh Jerbo before the International Criminal Court in a case involving the situation in Darfur, and assisted victims from the Ivory Coast on a pro-bono basis. He was previously Principal Trial Attorney for the trial of Charles Taylor, headed the UN-funded Serious Crimes Unit in East Timor, and was a trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before entering the international arena, Mr. Koumjian worked as a prosecutor in Los Angeles for twenty years.