USIP and partners from the Rift Valley Institute discussed the findings of their report, “Local Justice in Southern Sudan,” and its implications for judicial policy reform in a post-referendum South.

On January 9, the people of Southern Sudan will vote to determine their future and the independence of their nation. Should they choose the likely outcome of forming an independent southern state, the Government of Southern Sudan will face the challenge of building an autochthonous judicial order that is responsive to the values and needs of all its citizens.

USIP launched its report, “Local Justice in Southern Sudan,” a research project conducted in collaboration with the Rift Valley Institute, which maps the current landscape of justice in the South.  The authors spoke about the potential program and policy implications in the near- to mid-term for the government of the South and its international partners.


  • Deborah Isser
    Senior Rule of Law Adviser
    U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Martina Santschi
    Researcher swisspeace, Ph.D candidate University of Bern
  • Tim Luccaro, Commentator
    Rule of Law Program Assistant
    U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Jonathan Temin, Moderator
    Senior Program Officer & Director of Sudan Programs
    U.S. Institute of Peace

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