Alex de Waal

Courts as Local Civil Authority in South Sudan

The new JSRP report ‘Negotiating Justice: courts as local civil authority during the conflict in South Sudan’ authored by Rachel Ibreck, Hannah Logan, and Naomi Pendle sets out findings from a project observing 600 customary and statutory court cases in South Sudan over a period of a year from July 2015 to July 2016.  JSRP worked with twenty South […]

Chiefs’ Courts: Protecting Civilians in South Sudan?

  In this blog Alex de Waal and Rachel Ibreck explore the provision of justice and security within the ‘Protection of Civilians’ sites in South Sudan, drawing on extensive research in the Juba and Bentiu sites. A new JSRP paper by Rachel Ibreck and Naomi Pendle provides fuller details of this research. When civil war erupted in South Sudan in […]

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    South Sudan: For every corrupt general, there are thousands who wish only for peace

South Sudan: For every corrupt general, there are thousands who wish only for peace

Following the recent outbreak of violence in Juba, South Sudan, JSRP researchers Rachel Ibreck, Naomi Pendle and Alex de Waal examine the background to the resurgent civil war in a topical blogpost for African Arguments, ‘South Sudan: For every corrupt general, there are thousands who wish only for peace’, and highlight the need for processes of justice to be part […]

Seeking Justice in South Sudan

The JSRP is pleased to publish the third cartoon series depicting ordinary citizens’ struggle for justice in South Sudan, with a script by Rachel Ibreck, Godfrey Bulla Alex de Waal and artwork by Victor Ndula. The project was co-sponsored by the Cartoon Movement, the Justice and Security Research Programme and the World Peace Foundation.

Please click on the image on the […]

JSRP Policy Briefs

The JSRP is pleased to announce the first in a series of Policy Briefs outlining the ideas and evidence behind our work.

The first two are from JSRP Research Director Alex de Waal. They focus on the idea of the ‘political marketplace’ as a system of governance; and an analysis of the risks that South Sudan faces given the current convergent […]

South Sudan: The Price of War, The Price of Peace

The JSRP is pleased to publish the second cartoon series depicting the ‘political marketplace’ as it functions in South Sudan, with text by Alex de Waal and artwork by Victor Ndula. The project was co-sponsored by the Cartoon Movement, the Justice and Security Research Programme and the World Peace Foundation.

To read the entire cartoon please click on the image […]

Policy to Research to Policy in Difficult Places

This post by Alex de Waal is a contribution to Humanity’s online symposium on the changing nature of knowledge production in fragile states. There’s a commendable search for rigor in social science. But there’s also an illusion that numbers ipso facto represent rigor, and that sophisticated mathematical analysis of the social scientific datasets can expand the realm of explanatory possibilities. […]

The Brutal Logic of the Political Marketplace

In the first of a series of commentaries on the JSRP’s emerging ideas, Tom Kirk reports on Alex de Waal’s recent book launch and explores the use of grand political ordering frameworks for interpreting conflict affected regions. Over the last four years I have been fortunate to work with the JSRP on an ad-hoc basis. At the heart of these […]

Corruption, Protest and Militancy

Corruption is not a victimless crime. With the effects of corruption and money laundering very much on the agenda of recent speeches by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and with growing public and political interest in a better understanding of the  drivers of corruption, the JSRP recently held a two-day retreat at St. George’s House, Windsor, to debate the issues.

Although […]

An Agenda for Research into Justice in South Sudan

by JSRP Research Director, Alex de Waal

For South Sudanese, encounters with the justice system are too often an experience of injustice. But when and how do courts, and the lawyers, judges and paralegals associated with them, succeed in delivering justice? And how do these processes contribute to the construction of public authority?

The JSRP is developing a project to document cases […]