SOK Sam Oeun is a famous lawyer in Cambodia. He has joined CDP since its begining in March 1994 and selected as the Executive Director of CDP since early 1995. He wrote many books and police training curriculum and organized many law and legal skill training courses for CDP. Since 1997, CDP trained around 10,000 police, prosecutors, lawyers and human rights activists.
Pol Pot time, he was in Kampong Cham province. After Pol Pot, he joined the Khmer People National Liberation Forces to fight against the presence of Vietnamese forces. He was trained to be Active Military Officer in 1983 and as Senior Commander in Malaysia in 1986. He resigned from military service in1989 after Vietnamese force had withdrawn from Cambodia. In 1989, he was employed by UNBRO to be police instructor in Site 2 Camp, a refugee camp in Thailand. In 1992, UNBRO appointed him as Director of Khmer Police Training School. He trained 2000 police officers in Site 2 Camp. He assisted UNBRO to build Khmer Border Prison in Site 2 Camp and train 111 prison guardians so that they can function in accordance with international standard.
In 1993, he repatriated back to Cambodia and worked as Administrative Assistant for Canadian Ambassador in Phnom Penh. Since early 1994, he has joined the Cambodian Defenders Project which was one of the projects of the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights) based in Washington D.C. He has been selected as Director of CDP since 1995. In 2001, CDP becomes a complete local NGO. In 2002, under leadership of Mr. Sok Sam Oeun, CDP won "The International Human Rights Award" presented by American Bar Association.
Mr.Sok Sam Oeun was a famous panelist and speaker in local and international workshops or conference. He was invited to comment election law in Indonesia in 1998, having a speech on legal aid in Russia in 2000 and in Japan in 2002 and on Khmer Rouge Tribunal in United States in 2004, etc… He was selected as representative of Civil Society to join the Consultative Group Meeting between Cambodian Government and the Donors in 2000 and 2002.
He wrote many books: 1. Law and Trafficking in Persons (both in Khmer and in English), 2. Criminal Investigation Techniques (in Khmer), 3. Law and Domestic Violence (in Khmer), 4. Election and Democracy in Cambodia (in English), 5. Investigation Techniques on Human Trafficking Cases, 6. Legal Aid (in English) and 7. Independence of Judiciary (in English).
He served as Consultant for police reform in Cambodia for the Danish Human Rights Institute and as local Consultant for Independence of Judiciary (in ten countries in Asia) Project of Asian Development Bank. He is a British Chevening Fellow specialized on Democracy and got Master of Business from Charles Sturt University (Australia).