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Ascertainment of Customary Laws in South Sudan

The debate on the relationship between customary law and State-made laws in post independent dispensations has been replicated in South Sudan. This debate often becomes complex by the difficulty in discerning the content of customary law. This is largely because customary law is often unwritten, resides with the elders and is passed on from one generation to another through oral tradition.

Ascertainment of Customary Laws in South Sudan

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Ascertainment Study Report - Volume 1

In search of a working system of justice for a new nation, this report highlights on the ascertainment of customary laws of the Toposa, Lotuko (Otuho), Lango and Lopit communities of the Eastern Equatoria state of South Sudan.

Ascertainment Study Report - Volume 1

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Ascertainment Study Report - Volume 2

This is the second volume in the first of a series of ascertainment studies undertaken by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Local Government Board (LGB) with the support of the UNDP. The ascertainment of customary law forms an integral element of UNDP’s Support to Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project to MoJ and the LGB. The study relates to the ascertainment of the customary laws of 14 communities and is reported in 3 volumes. The communities covered are the Toposa, Lopit, Lango, Lotuko, Azande, Jur-bel, Avukaya, Moru, Ndogo, Mundari, Wadi, Balanda Bivri, Baka and Bongo.

Ascertainment Study Report - Volume 2

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Ascertainment Study Report - Volume 3

This is the third volume in the first of a series of ascertainment studies undertaken by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Local Government Board (LGB) with the support of UNDP South Sudan. The ascertainment of customary law is an integral element of UNDP’s Support to Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project. The study relates to the ascertainment of the customary laws of 14 communities and is reported in 3 volumes. The communities covered are the Toposa, Lopit, Lango, Lotuko, Azande, Jur-bel, Avukaya, Moru, Ndogo, Mundari, Wa’di, Balanda Bivri, Baka and Bongo.

Ascertainment Study Report - Volume 3