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JSRP and the future

The JSRP drew to a close in 2017 but many of the researchers and partners involved in the programme continue to work on the issues and theories developed during the lifetime of the programme.

Tim Allen now directs the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) at LSE where many of the JSRP research team working on northern Uganda and South […]

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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 […]

Interview: Dr José Bazonzi

Dr José Bazonzi is a researcher on the Justice and Security Research Programme, based at the University of Kinshasa, where he is Associate Professor of Sociology. He is an expert on justice and governance issues, international migration and development. Dr Bazonzi presented his work on fragmented justice in DRC to the Egmont Institute as part of a policy event […]

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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    Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Danielle Stein explore the JSRP’s research on conflict resolution initiatives in Nepal, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. They argue that although well intentioned, programme implementers’ failures to understand how conflict resolution and the provision of justice is connected to local politics creates room for unintended consequences that can work against their aims.

In recent years, […]

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    The Unmaking of Public Authority: A New Article by Rebecca Tapscott

The Unmaking of Public Authority: A New Article by Rebecca Tapscott

Theory on state formation and subnational governance generally focuses on ordering—how rulers organize people and space to maximize control and extraction. Indeed, a new literature on “public authority” has recently contributed to the ways in which such order is produced. These theories rest on the assumption that the world is divided into “public” spaces, where the state directly extracts […]

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    Uncovering Relationships between Resource Governance, Public Authority and (In)Security

Uncovering Relationships between Resource Governance, Public Authority and (In)Security

In this blog, Tom Kirk, Jeroen Cuvelier and Koen Vlassenroot explore the JSRP’s Evidence Paper on ‘Resources, Conflict and Governance’ and briefly outline how the programme’s research is beginning to address the paper’s concerns over a lack of literature on resource governance in conflict-affected areas.

The JSRP has focussed on places – including parts of the DRC, South Sudan, CAR […]

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    Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo

Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo

JSRP Policy Brief 4, Between ‘Justice’ and ‘Injustice’: Justice Populaire in the Eastern DR Congo, by Judith Verweijen, is out now, exploring the phenomenon of justice populaire.

Extra-legal ‘popular’ violence, whereby citizens kill other citizens ‘in the name of justice’, has occurred all over the world, at different times and in different places. However, there is a much higher incidence of […]

Forms of Stateness in the JSRP’s Research Sites

Tom Kirk and Kasper Hoffmann draw on the JSRP’s research to argue that calls to tackle the root causes of conflict and insecurity in many ‘fragile’ and ‘failing’ regions require understanding the multiple ways the state is often present as both an idea and a power-broker.  

The JSRP has focussed on places – including parts of the DRC, South […]

  • Permalink Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces and Georgia National Guard Soldiers practice establishing drop zones in preparation for upcoming aerial resupply missions during Atlas Drop 11, April 14.

Atlas Drop, an annual joint aerial-delivery exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Africa that brings together U.S. Army personnel with counterparts from the Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces, is designed to enhance the readiness of both countries’ resupply and logistical capabilities, and will consist of classroom instruction and a field training exercise. 
AD 11 will increase the capability of both UPDF and U.S. forces to resupply Soldiers operating in remote areas.Gallery

    The Contested Meaning of ‘Security’ and ‘Conflict Resolution’: Research from the JSRP

The Contested Meaning of ‘Security’ and ‘Conflict Resolution’: Research from the JSRP

Tom Kirk, Robin Luckham and Tatiana Carayannis draw on the JSRP’s research to argue that calls for a reinvigorated effort to tackle the root causes of conflict and insecurity require closer attention to the political meaning of ‘security’ and ‘conflict resolution’ across different contexts.

Much has been made of the British government’s controversial – and as of 2015 legally binding […]