South Sudan launches casebook on constitutional litigation

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December 13th 2018 (Nyamilepedia)  – South Sudan Government with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has for the first time launched a Casebook on Constitutional Litigation.

Speaking at the launching forum of the manual, renowned South Sudanese scholar and teacher of Law Prof. Deng Awur noted the importance of incorporating the signed Revitalized Agreement into South Sudan constitution.

“Very soon we are going to have a constitutional court in South Sudan, and work is in progress to incorporate the signed peace agreement into the constitution. This is one of the demands in the peace agreement that there should be a separate and independent constitutional court established in South Sudan,” Professor  Awur said.

The South Sudanese academic pointed out that given the current environment and the magnitude of crimes the country’s law practitioners deal with, they are supposed to be supported by legal resources for the betterment of the rule of law in the country.

He also appreciated the role played by the UN agency, UNDP, in providing necessary resources aimed at improving access to Justice and Rule of Law in South Sudan.

For his part, the United Nations Development Programme’s Chief Technical Advisor of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Judiciary of South Sudan Dr. Rowland Cole, explained that the publication of the casebook is not an imposition of rule of law in South Sudan but it serves as a document that will guide litigation.

“This is not a prescriptive document, but is intended to stimulate litigation or ideas to develop South Sudanese Jurisprudence,” he said.

According to the statement, the publication contains practical and straightforward guidance for law practitioners based on an exhaustive review and collection of jurisprudence from various countries, including South Sudan.