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Friday, 28 December 2012

[America's] Dartmouth resident Judge Phillip Rapoza named to UN-backed Cambodia war crimes tribunal

By Brian Fraga
Posted Dec 27, 2012
Dave Souza|Herald News

From left to right in this file photo, Judge Elspeth Cypher, Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza and Judge Mark Green holding hearing as U Mass School of Law in September 2010. 

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The tribunal, formally known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, is conducting trials with respect to serious crimes and violations of human rights that occurred in that country during the reign of the Khmer Rouge.
As the International Reserve Judge for the Supreme Court Chamber of the tribunal, Rapoza may be asked to attend appellate arguments and to assist if a sitting judge on the chamber is temporarily unable to perform his or her functions. Similarly, in the event of a vacancy on the Supreme Court Chamber, Rapoza may be called upon to fill that position.
“I am honored by both the Secretary-General’s nomination and the approval of my appointment by the Cambodian authorities. The work of the ECCC is historic in nature and it is humbling to be involved in this important undertaking,” Rapoza said in prepared remarks.

Rapoza, a Dartmouth resident, was an associate judge in Fall River District Court and a Superior Court judge before being appointed to the state Appeals Court by former Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006. Rapoza became the first Portuguese-American to serve on the state Appeals Court.
This story will be updated.
Email Brian Fraga at bfraga@heraldnews.com.

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