Traditional Authorities, Local Justice and Local Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in South Sudan

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This book chapter explores local justice and conflict resolution mechanisms in South Sudan. It illustrates that chiefs play a significant role in local justice as well as in conflict resolution. In addition, the chapter exemplifies that ‘local level’, ‘grassroots’ conflict resolution mechanisms are multi-layered and frequently involve regional and national government institutions as well as external actors such as UN agencies, international donors and international NGOs that support peace initiatives and peace conferences.

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Martina Santschi

Senior Researcher in the Statehood and Conflict program at swisspeace
Ms Santschi wrote her doctoral thesis in Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. Her doctoral research focused on statehood, local governance and citizen-state relations in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal in South Sudan. She has extensive field research experience in South Sudan, DRC and Uganda. Ms Santschi has been involved in research projects and consultancies with the University of Durham, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Rift Valley Institute, the United States Institute for Peace, the London School of Economics and the World Bank. In these projects Ms Santschi has studied and worked among other things on local justice, customary law, traditional authorities, socio-political structures, land governance and conflict resolution. Currently, she supports the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in issues related to traditional authorities and conflict resolution and works as a lead researcher with the DfID and Irish Aid funded Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium on South Sudan.

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