Negotiating Justice: Courts as Local Civil Authority During the Conflict in South Sudan

|
|
|
|
|
|

This paper is based on findings from more than 600 observations of customary and statutory courts by twenty South Sudanese researchers for the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) from July 2015-July 2016. It identifies key issues for further deliberation based on research in the towns of Nimule, Torit, Rumbek, Yambio, Yei, Wau, and surrounding areas, in Juba town and United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Protection of Civilian Sites (UNMISS PoCs) in Juba and Bentiu. It builds on previous analyses that emphasised the importance of chiefs’ courts as a locus of civil authority engaged in making order, and an entry point for initiatives to promote and protect the rights of the vulnerable (de Waal and Ibreck, 2016).

Download

Rachel Ibreck

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Ms. Ibreck's research centres on the politics of human rights, justice and civil society in the context of conflict and genocide, principally in Africa. Her expertise in this area is based on interdisciplinary academic research and activist engagement. She is interested in settings which have been sites of atrocities, and laboratories for international interventions in peacekeeping, peacebuilding and humanitarian response. In particular she focuses on the agency of marginalised groups in the pursuit of rights, justice and peace, including through ethnographic and participatory action research methodologies.

Ms. Ibreck has published on the politics of memory in post-genocide Rwanda, based on PhD research, and is continuing to explore the relationship between mourning, identity and rights after or during mass violence. Another stream of research focuses on land conflict, including transnational and local resistance to ‘land grabbing’ in Africa. She has also worked on everyday experiences of justice amid conflict in South Sudan as part of the Justice and Security Research Programme at LSE.

Academic Qualifications:

PhD Politics and International Relations, University of Bristol (2009).
MSc Social Science Research Methods, University of Bristol (2004).
MA Area Studies Africa, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (1995).

Latest posts by Rachel Ibreck (see all)