The Asia Foundation has produced the first English-Khmer law dictionary, with
legal terms and definitions printed side by side with the equivalent in
The foundation has worked on the book for two years.
presented to the graduates of the Cambodia Defenders Project at a ceremony on
Feb 3. Graduate Khiev Thoun proudly holds the dictionary, pictured
Asia Foundation representative James Klein said the dictionary
included 1,900 entries in areas of business and commercial law, labor law,
family law, criminal law, international law, property law and human
Copies of the dictionary have been donated to all Cambodian
ministries and government agencies, and to judges, prosecutors, lawyers, law
students, MPs, NGOs, media and foreign embassies.
Klein said the book was
a draft and an initial step in creating a comprehensive bilingual
He said the Cambodian legal community supported the work that
went into publishing the dictionary, and it was important they provided input to
refine translations and identify subsequent inclusions.