The traditional conception of family is not the only conception. The multiplicity of definitions and approaches illustrates clearly that there is no consensus as to the boundaries of family, and that “family status” may have varied meanings depending on the context or purpose for which the definition is desired. ... The family is not merely a creation of law, and while law may affect the ways in which families behave or structure themselves, the changing nature of family relationships also has an impact on the law.
... 1998, Pol Pot, whose Khmer Rouge regime was responsible for the killing of millions of Cambodia in the 1970s, died in a shack in a jungle in the west of the country. As detailed by our own Lakshmi Bai (aka Jaya Ramji-Nogals), efforts to have surviving Khmer Rouge leaders stand trial in a mixed tribunal have not yet reached fruition.