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Peace and Reconciliation in South Sudan: A Conversation for Justice and Stability

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In mid-2013 – after different reconciliation projects had emerged in South Sudan – Sudd Institute wrote this report on reconciliation. The Sudd Institute suggests that popular sentiment in South Sudan appears to favor a reconciliation process, but questions remain regarding what issues such a process would tackle, how it might be conducted, and who should…

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From a Transitional to a Permanent Constitution: Views of Men and Women in South Sudan on Constitution-Making

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This report presents the findings from focus group discussions on the topic of governance, citizenship, justice and constitution-making in relation to the permanent constitution in South Sudan in 2013. Download

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Challenges to Security, Livelihoods, and Gender Justice in South Sudan: The situation of Dinka agro-pastoralist communities in Lakes and Warrap States

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In South Sudan, widespread euphoria following independence in July 2011 has given way to disappointment that expected peace dividends have not materialised. Many South Sudanese are experiencing insecurity, a lack of access to basic services, and increasing inequalities. Pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in remote border areas are particularly affected by insecurity and by a lack…

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“This Old Man Can Feed Us, You Will Marry Him”: Child and Forced Marriage in South Sudan

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This report examines child and forced marriage in South Sudan. The report suggests that child marriage has a significant negative impact on women and girl’s realization of key human rights, including their rights to health and education, physical integrity and the right to marry only when they are able and willing to give their free…

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Challenges of Accountability: An Assessment of Dispute Resolution Processes in Rural South Sudan

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This report presents findings from an assessment that the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) conducted on the accessibility of local justice systems across six rural counties of South Sudan. The assessment included a comprehensive household survey that examined the legal needs of populations residing in the six counties and the legal services that are available…

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The Strategic Instrumentalization of Land Tenure in ‘State-building’

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Drawing on interviews conducted during two periods of fieldwork in Juba, this article traces debates over land between a set of local actors whose interests collided in the Interim Period. The article focuses on land tenure in Juba. Link to publication

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Customary law and land rights in South Sudan

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Customary ownership and control of land is an essential component of any consideration of land tenure and access in South Sudan and Africa in general. Customary traditions of land tenure emphasize moderate use, restoration, and community health and prosperity. Returnees to South Sudan access land primarily through the customary system. Yet, many returnees are subjected…

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The Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011: An Expert View from the Outside

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This study aims to provide a critical legal evaluation of the Transitional Constitution, to analyse the constitution making procedures set out in that text, especially from a comparative perspective, and where appropriate to identify relevant procedures that could be locally adapted. Download

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Customary Law in the Cross-Fire of Sudan’s War of Identities

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This book chapter [in Isser, D. (Ed.). (2011). Customary justice and the rule of law in war-torn societies. US Institute of Peace Press] reviews the meaning and functioning of customary law in the cultural/historical context of South Sudan, by analyzing the fundamental and traditional values that underlie it. Download

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Combatting Gender-Based Violence in the customary Courts of South Sudan

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This report  (2011) summarizes the approach, methodology, results and recommendations of a recent study on the administration of justice for GBV cases in the customary courts of South Sudan. The study is not an attempt to document customary laws or an anthropological study on culture, but instead captures actual results and punishments for GBV, documents…

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Torture by Cieng: Ethical Theory Meets Social Practice among the Dinka Agaar of South Sudan

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This article discusses a specific Dinka Agaar practice alongside existing discourses on the social aspects of violence, thereby arguing how it cannot be judged against any universal human rights standard, devoid of local context or of an overarching meta-narrative. These events highlight conflicting subjectivities, ethical norms, and the painful difficulties inherent to advocacy in areas…

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Displaced Persons’ Perceptions of Human Rights in Southern Sudan

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This article from 2009 describes an ethnographic research study on IDPs’ perceptions of Human Rights conducted in Southern Sudan. The specific aim of the research was to gather local voices and deepen understanding about the social context that influences gender relationships prior to planning community initiatives that address violence against women and advance women’s health…

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Responding to Violence in Ikotos: Government and Local Efforts to Restore Order

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This report details the toll, causes and challenges of dealing with gun violence. It discusses the positive role played by churches and women in prompting positive change and it places gun control and disarmament at the center of reducing violence.  Download

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