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Peaceworks No. 66.First published 2010.
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This study is the result of collaboration between theUnited States Institute of Peace and the Rift ValleyInstitute (RVI), leveraging the former’s broader workon customary justice and legal pluralism and thelatter’s extensive knowledge of the region. The overallconcept and methodology was developed jointlyby Cherry Leonardi of Durham University, DeborahIsser of USIP, and John Ryle of RVI. Dr. Leonardi wasalso director of the research team and lead authorof the report, and she conducted field work in Wauand Jur River Counties. Dr. Leben Moro and MartinaSantschi led the research in Kajokeji County and AweilEast County, respectively. Members of the NorthernBahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and CentralEquatoria State governments; the Aweil East, Wau,Jur River, and Kajokeji County governments; and thestate and county judiciaries permitted and assistedthe research. Chiefs, judges, and court membersallowed observation of their court sessions and gaveextensive interviews. Garang Malong Akec, MarengChuor Deng, Garang Ajou Akue, Clement Morba,Silverio Abdallah, Kon Mawien, Christina Uwö, BenayiLubang Muke, and Wilson Lubang Kwori assistedand translated for the research team. Tim Luccaro of USIP and Kit Kidner and Nick Daniels of RVI, amongothers, managed the logistical aspects of the project.