The Khmer Rouge and the Man of Non-Violence - Q&A with Francois Roux

Khmer Rouge and the Man of Non-violence, The
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dinsdag 26 maart 2013 - 19:00

Q&A with Héleyn Unac, who worked with Francois Roux on the defence team and Karim Khan, attorney to the victims in the Duch trial. Moderator is Michelle Parlevliet from the University of Amsterdam.


François Roux, a distinguished defence lawyer in the field of international justice, joined the Tribunal as Head of Defence Office.

Mr Roux, a French citizen, has been an attorney for 38 years and is influenced by the life and thinking of Mahatma Gandhi, who was also a lawyer. Since 1999, Mr Roux has represented several accused and suspects before various international criminal jurisdictions, including the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court, and he represented Duch before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He has acted in various cases before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

He is a Knight of the National Order of Merit and of the Légion d'Honneur. Mr Roux has written several articles on human rights which have appeared in leading French newspapers, including Le Monde and Libération. He was the head of a French law firm in Montpellier in the south of France specialising in criminal law, international relations, the law of persons, public law, mediation and human rights.

His motto is "it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness".

He has published En état de légitime révolte (Indigène Editions, 2002).


Michelle Parlevliet is a researcher with the Faculty of the Law at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on where human rights and conflict transformation intersect in theory and practice. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (University of East London). Her past positions have included senior advisor on conflict transformation in Nepal on behalf of the Danish Foreign Ministry. Parlevliet developing a distance training course on conflict prevention for national human rights organisations.