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    Preventing Land Dispossession in Africa: Do we need Stronger Justice Mechanisms?

Preventing Land Dispossession in Africa: Do we need Stronger Justice Mechanisms?

By Moses Adonga, Rachel Ibreck and Godfrey Victor Bulla There has been a global awakening to the opportunities and costs of land grabs in Africa. Academics and activists are duly investigating the scope and impacts of large-scale land seizures; the plight of victims has gained recognition; and there are moves to promote ‘responsible’ corporate investments. In contribution to the ongoing […]

Justice in Practice: South Sudan

By Rachel Ibreck

There is no question that the administration of justice in South Sudan can and must be improved. Indeed there are ongoing efforts by government, practitioners, civil society groups and international agencies to promote access to justice. But in this evolving and plural legal environment, we also need better information about everyday experiences of justice.

A new JSRP report, […]

South Sudan: Who Got What?

As part of the JSRP’s effort to present its research in multiple formats, Professor Alex de Waal has been working closely with Kenyan cartoonist Victor Ndula and Tjeerd Royaards from The Cartoon Movement to create an infographic in the form of an online comic, ‘South Sudan: Who Got What?’, which charts the story of South Sudan from independence to 2015. The comic draws on […]

Off the Hook: Can Mobile Phones Help with Statebuilding?

By Mareike Schomerus and Anouk S. Rigterink Lady Gaga thinks the telephone is pretty much a one-way street: “Call all you want, but there’s no one home—and you’re not gonna reach my telephone,” she sings, together with Beyoncé in the aptly-named song “Telephone”. The two might have a point beyond fobbing off an annoying boyfriend. Even though the phone stands […]

New JSRP Mapping Papers on South Sudan and northern Uganda

The JSRP has published two new public authority mapping papers in its working paper series:

Julian Hopwood, ‘Elephants Abroad and in the Room: explicit and implicit security, justice and protection issues on the Uganda/South Sudan border’, JSRP Paper 22.

Ryan O’Byrne, ‘Safety at the Margins: perceptions of justice and (in)security from South Sudan’s southern border’, JSRP Paper 23.

South Sudan: A Slow Liberation

By Edward Thomas Twentieth-century Sudan was Africa’s conflicted behemoth: a landmass of one million square miles; societies rich with interconnections and contradictions; and a highly unequal economic and political system that set those societies against each other. The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed ten years ago, was supposed to end the armed conflicts born of this economic and political system. […]

Seeking Justice in Nimule, South Sudan

By Rachel Ibreck ‘There is no law in South Sudan’, a resident of the town of Nimule, Eastern Equatoria, explained: ‘You see the police cell there is for those who are very poor. You will never see a rich person in that prison for the rest of your life. Trust me, this is true.’ This elder echoed views expressed by […]

When Kleptocracy Becomes Insolvent: Brute Causes of the Civil War in South Sudan

In a new article published in African Affairs, Alex de Waal argues that South Sudan obtained independence in July 2011 as a kleptocracy – a militarized, corrupt neo-patrimonial system of governance. By the time of independence, the South Sudanese ‘political marketplace’ was so expensive that the country’s comparatively copious revenue was consumed by the military-political patronage system, with almost […]

Tim Allen on the Importance of Fieldwork

In an interview with The Economist’s Prospero blog, JSRP Research Director Tim Allen underlines the crucial role serious fieldwork should play in underpinning international development policy and practice, arguing that: “There are systems of scholarship and discourses of power that are grounded in ignorance”, but ultimately concluding that “it’s possible to change things by bringing evidence from the ground”.

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The International Rule of Law Movement: A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward

By David Marshall Ahead of its LSE launch on Thursday 26th June (6-7.30pm, Room 1.04, New Academic Building, free and open to all), editor David Marshall introduces The International Rule of Law Movement: A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward, which includes a new chapter by JSRP researcher Mareike Schomerus. In 2011–2012, I was deployed to South Sudan to lead the United Nations’ development […]