South Sudan

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 […]

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    The Trial of Thomas Kwoyelo: Opportunity or Spectre – A New Paper by Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter

The Trial of Thomas Kwoyelo: Opportunity or Spectre – A New Paper by Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter

In this blog post, Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter examine the political and social dynamics that shape local perspectives on the first war crimes prosecution of a former Lord’s Resistance Army fighter, Thomas Kwoyelo. This week they published an open-access article in Africa, exploring these issues in depth, based on long-term research on the case since it began in […]

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 […]

A South Sudanese Peace?

By Naomi Pendle In Juba on the evening of Monday 11th July 2016, as the previous days of gun battles subsided, South Sudanese firemen came to the streets to collect lorry loads of bodies. They also washed away the blood that coloured the streets, leaving only traces where the blood had seeped into the sandy roads. The specificity of those who […]

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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.

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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.

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    Two-way, Not One-way Communication: Why Dialogue Should Be Included in Health Programs

Two-way, Not One-way Communication: Why Dialogue Should Be Included in Health Programs

Emily LeRoux-Rutledge discusses the importance of dialogue as a method of imparting information in a South Sudanese health programme. On a hot, dry day in a village in the North of South Sudan, ten Dinka-speaking women are sitting under a tree listening to the radio. A local midwife on the radio is trying to debunk the traditional belief in ruaak. Ruaak dictates […]

January 3rd, 2016|Aid, South Sudan|0 Comments|

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 […]