Application of the Cambodian Constitution

Assessment of Constitutional Law-Making Process and the Right to Public Participation

  • Vandanet Hing Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia


Studies conducted on the constitutional law-making process have shown that public participation is a key element of the relationship between the government and its citizens, and legitimizes the whole process. The present paper discusses the relationship between the people and the government on the basis of the Cambodian Constitution, both de jure andde facto. As assessments, it takes the 1993 constitutional making process and the public’s participation thereto. This paper aspires to answer the following questions: firstly, how does the constitutional law-making process impact the exercise of constitutional rights in Cambodia, and, secondly, to what extent does public participation play a role in public affairs, especially insofar as the constitution and law making processes are concerned. It further suggests that the concept of meaningful public consultation on constitution and law making should be incorporated in the Cambodian Constitution.

Author Biography

Vandanet Hing, Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia

Vandanet Hing is a researcher and lecturer at the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law at Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE). Vandanet teaches human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) and coaches RULE’s teams to participate in the national and international rounds of the Red Cross IHL Moot Competition in Hong Kong. Further, she has provided training on international criminal law, human rights law, and IHL to university students at various Cambodian universities, to legal professionals at the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions and to peacekeepers at National Center for Peacekeeping Force Mine and ERW Clearance. In addition to her teaching role, she has conducted research on various topics relating to constitutional law, civil and political rights, and peacekeeping. Her papers have been accepted for presentation at several national and international conferences including the 4th Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN) and the 6th AsianSIL Biennial Conference. Vandanet holds a Master of Laws in Human Rights from Hong Kong University and bachelor’s degree of law from RULE.


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How to Cite
HING, Vandanet. Application of the Cambodian Constitution. Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 39-58, june 2019. ISSN 2599-2147. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 aug. 2021. doi:

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