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Local Justice in Southern Sudan

Local Justice in Southern Sudan

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PEACEW
 
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LOCAL JUSTICE
in
 
southern
 
sudan
A joint project of:
United States Institute of PeaceRift Valley Institute
Cherry LeonardiLeben Nelson MoroMartina SantschiDeborah H. Isser
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Photos: Martina SantschiThe views expressed in this report arethose of the authors alone.They do not necessarily reflect viewsof the United States Institute of Peace.
United States Institute of Peace
1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200Washington, DC 20036-3011Phone: 202.457.1700Fax: 202.429.6063E-mail: usip_requests@usip.org
Web: www.usip.org
Peaceworks No. 66.First published 2010.
© 2010 by the United States Institute of Peace
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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.
 
Summary 
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Key Findings
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Implications and Recommendations
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Acknowledgments
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I: Introduction
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Project Context ...
11
Project Objectives and Methodology         ...
12 
Research Sites ...
13 
II: Research Findings
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15 
Courts, Chies, and Customary Law ...
17 
Step by Step: The Processes and Culture o Dispute Resolution ...
29 
Local Perceptions o the Justice System ...
39 
Choices o Forum ...
48 
Alternative Sources o Resolution and Mediation ...
53 
Areas o Concern or Confict ...
56
III: Implications and Recommendations
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The Current Status o Local Justice ...
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The Question o Recording Customary Law ...
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Criminal Justice ...
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Human Rights and Local Justice ...
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Priorities or Reorm ...
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Conclusion ...
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[
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Peaceworks
ocTober 2010
no. 66
CONTENTS

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