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Mr. Ham Samnang

Researcher & Legal Assistant


Working Experiences

April 2010-Present: Researcher and Consultant, SP & K Cambodia Law Firm

  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Qualitative/quantitative research
  • Media research and relation
  • Public relation and participation
  • Overall project management and site evaluation
  • Pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • Land and economic survey
  • Resettlement studies
  • Economic impact assessment studies
  • Translating documents, newsletters, books, articles of various subjects concerning human rights issues, education, law, social, economic, evironmental and cultural matters and etc. from English to Khmer and vice versa. Providing simultaneous/consecutive interpretation of various issues concerning human rights, education, law, social, economic, environmental and cultural matters from English to Khmer and vice versa.

April 2008-March 2010: The Extra-ordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) Translator/Interpreter (simultaneous and consecutive)

  • Translating various documents including legal documents relating to court procedures (submissions, motions, responses, Amicus Curiae briefs, etc.), Khmer Rouge confessions, Khmer Rouge telegrams/directives, Written Records of Witness Interviews, etc.
  • Interpreting (consecutive and simultaneous) in court hearings and in various meetings/workshops such as judges' meeting, meeting of Judicial Administrative Committee (JAC), Civil Party Lawyers' meeting, etc.
  • Facilitating, assisting and interpreting for the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges (OCIJ) in interviews of Khmer Rouge witnesses in various places throughout Cambodia (UN Index No. 917359)
  • April-June 2007: Local consultant for the Project entitled:
  • "Monitoring on Resettlement of National Road 1 Related to the Follow-up Study on the Construction of the Second Mekong Bridge" at Neak Loeung, commissioned by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
  • Preparing surveyor team for the socio-economic survey of the project affected people both the relocated and set-back people
  • Designing plan and schedule for the survey
  • Providing training to surveyors
  • Coordinating and facilitating the surveyor team
  • Doing public relations by coordinating with government's concerned establishments, and commune and village officials as well as with JICA's experts
  • Writing reports

April 2005-May 2006: Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, i.focus (a weekly newspaper)

May 1, 2002- December 2006.

The Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP). Senior Research Fellow and Coordintor, Toshu Fukami Center for Japanese Studies and Management.

  • Assisting Executive Director as required
  • Serving as a member of the core research team
  • Writing proposals and reports including Annual Report
  • Attending meetings in and outside the country as paper presenter
  • Assisting in public relations
  • Participating in developing agenda and work plan for training workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.
  • Participating in the training program as lecturer or trainer
  • Providing assistance and advice with regard to various research and program activities
  • Interpreting from Khmer to English and vice versa (simultaneous and executive translation) for training workshops, seminars, or conferences
  • Coordinating the Toshu Fukami Center for Japanese Studies and Management

June 2004-August 2005: JICA Study Team for the Study on the Construction of The 2nd Mekong Bridge. Consultant: Environmental, Socio-economic Assessment (Social Environmental Consideration)

  • Collecting data and related document and information
  • Arranging interviews and appointments with relevant stakeholders
  • Conducting field survey and interview with relevant stakeholders and project affected people
  • Analyzing collected data and obtained document and information
  • Participating in the preparation of the Stakeholders' meeting and writing report
  • Developing work plan and agenda for the project
  • Interpreting in stakeholders' meetings from English to Khmer and vice versa
  • Translating final reports from English to Khmer and vice versa and posting them on website

14 October, 1996- 30 April, 2002 :The Cambodia Daily. Associate Editor.

  • Checked Khmer-language newspapers and magazines for information
  • Monitored Khmer Rouge radio, government-run radio/TV
  • Translated important radio/TV broadcasting news, press release, and other documents provided to the newspaper for news publication such as speeches by the Prime Minister
  • Reported and facilitated the expatriates with their Khmer communication or Khmer cultural and historical context
  • Worked closely with the assignment editor by checking fax machine before s/he arrives- to see if any faxes need translation; reported to him/her about the researched news and
  • Participated in planning daily news coverage
  • Arranged interviews or set up appointments with government officials and other civil society organizations

May 1, 1998-August 30, 1998.

The United Nations Cambodia Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Media Monitor, working under the supervision of Mr. Brad Adams, Legal Unit, UNHCHR.

  • Assessed the access of political parties and candidates to TV/Radio (assessing formatting and timing)
  • Monitored of frequency of appearance of individual politicians on TV/Radio
  • Analyzed the content of newscasts on TV/Radio (biased, incomplete information or misinformation)
  • Analyzed the instances of racially or ethnically discriminatory or inciting language on TV/Radio.

II. Education

12 October 1987-26 September 1990 : Royal Univeristy of Phnom Penh. Bachelor of Education majored in Mathematics.

III. Languages

  • English: very good
  • French: medium

IV. Hobbies and Interests

I like to participate in voluntary work.

V. Workshops and Conferences

  • 23-24 November, 2006: SDC-CUTS UNESCAP Conference on Advocacy for Trade & Investment Facilitation in the GMS Region", Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 9-10 November, 2006: Consultative Meeting on GMS Market Oriented Integration, Organized by Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 6-7 July 2006: Mekong Region Waters Dialogue, Exploring water futures together, Vientiane, Laos.
  • 27-28 April 2006: Eleventh Regional Ethics in Leadership Conference, "Can WE Escape the Past?", Port Dickson, Malaysia.
  • 7-8 October, 2005: 3rd ASEAN-Japan Security Cooperation Workshop for Team of Experts, Singapore, co-organized by the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) and Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University.
  • September 01-October 30, 2003: Asia Leadership Fellow Program 2003: Identity, Security and Democracy, Tokyo, Japan, funded by The Japan Foundation in collaboration with International House of Japan.
  • March 24-25, 2003: "Stockholm Environment Institute and Partners Retreats: Research Priorities in the Mekong," organized by Stockholm Environment Institute, Chiang Rai, Thailand.
  • February 20-23, 2003: "ASEAN-ISIS Colloquium on Human Rights and The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia," organized by ASEAN-ISIS, Manila, Philippines. Discussant.
  • January 19-Feb 1, 2003: "2003 Global Youth Exchange Program: A New Regional Cooperation in the 21st Century," organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Tokyo, Japan.
  • May 27-29, 2002: "ASEAN and The Emergence of East Asia Regionalism," organized by IIR-Vietnam, Saigon, Vietnam. Chair.
  • June 21-23, 2002: "The 5th ASEAN-ISIS-IIR Taiwan Dialogue: New Environment in East Asia," organized by IIR Vietnam and IIR Taiwan, Hanoi, Vietnam. Chair.
  • September 18-20, 2002: "Media in Divided Societies in Southeast Asia," organized by Asian Media Information and Communication Center (AMIC), Singapore. Speaker.
  • November 24-26, 2000: "Asean's People Assembly" in Batam, Indonesia. Speaker on the "Role of the Media."
  • November 20-21, 2000: "Media and Transition in Asean," organized by Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. Paper writer.
  • July 3-7, 2000: Seminar on "Civil Society, the State and the Media," organized by Asian Institute for Development Communication (AIDCOM) in cooperation with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Manila, Philippines.
  • November 24-26, 1999: Seminar on "Human Rights, the Media and Asia's Rural Poor," organized by AMIC, Bangkok, Thailand. Paper Presenter.
  • May 24-June 6, 1999: Workshop on "Civil Society: Liberation from the State Rule," organized by Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung at the International Acadamy for Leadership, Gummersbach, Germany.
  • March 23-26, 1999: Media Seminar: "Managing Newsrooms and Reporters Effectively," organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Singapore.
  • December 4-8, 1997: Seminar Workshop on "New Technologies and the Media," organized by AIDCOM in cooperation with CIDA, Vientiane, Laos.

VI. Publications

  • "Competition Law Study on the Fishery Sector in Cambodia", Ham Samnang, (CICP Working Paper N0. 13, December, 2006)
  • "Cambodian Media in a Post-Socialist Situation," edited by Heng, Russell H.K., Media Fortune, Asean States in Transition, Changing Times (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2002)
  • "Fighting Poverty in Cambodia: Media Can Help, but First Needs to be Empowered", Poverty in Asia, Media Challenges and Responses, Edited by Anjali Puri ((Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Center, 2002)
  • "Media and Cambodia's Rural Poor", Media & Human Rights in Asia, an AMIC compilation (Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Center, 2000)
  • "The Legacy of Landmines", The Eye of the Strom: developing nations turn the tide against 'super disasters' (UK VSO orbit, voices from the developing world SPRING 2000/N0.76)
  • "Sold Down the River", Getting intimate, sex: the world behind closed doors (UK VSO orbit, voices from the developing world SUMMER 2000/N0.77)
  • "A Monk's Habit", Chequered lives, the changing face of volunteering (UK VSO orbit, voices from the developing world WINTER 2001/N0.79)
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