By: Dr. Hem Sras, Dean of the College of Law
Dr. Hem Sras, Dean of the College of Law (CoL) at The University of Cambodia, attended the book launch for Cambodian Constitutional Law, organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung at Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh on December 22, 2016. The host of the event invited many institutional representatives to attend this event including H.E. George Edgar, Ambassador for the Delegation of the European Union, Prince Norodom Sirivudh, member of the Cambodian Constitutional Council, and H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport as the key addressers in this event.
In his opening remarks, Rene Gradwohl, country representative for Cambodia of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, warmly welcomed the guests participating in the event. Mr. Gradwohl also stressed the importance of launching this book in Cambodia. Next, H.E. George Edgar, Ambassador for the Delegation of the European Union, focused his remarks on the constitution. He underlined the importance of interpreting laws in compliance with the spirit of the constitution. Then, Prince Norodom Sirivudh, member of the Cambodian Constitutional Council, stressed the important role of the Cambodian Constitutional Council in interpreting law adopted by parliament. The last speaker was H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport. The minister, who contributed an article for the book, underscored the importance of the book’s content for Cambodia. He also urged the authors and editors to translate this book from English into Khmer language, which would increase the benefit of the publication to Cambodia.
During the closing ceremony, the minister and a number of key speakers delivered a copy of the book to the representatives of each participating institution. The participants took a number of memorial, happy photos. The event proceeded smoothly and ended with a friendly buffet, which led to fruitful conversations among the participants and speakers.