Support to the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development

Providing technical assistance

The mandate of MoLACD is to provide legal and advisory services to the Government of South Sudan to establish legal administrations in each of the ten states.


  • UNDP facilitated two training courses for lawyers and advocates in the greater Bahr el Ghazal, greater Upper Nile, and greater Equatoria regions. The trainings examined human rights as a measure to promote and ensure sustainable peace as well as to enhance the capacity of legal practitioners and judges within the states.
  • A customary law study tour to Namibia and Botswana was facilitated by UNDP for representatives from the South Sudanese Judiciary, Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development (MoLACD), the Local Government Board and traditional authorities in October 2008. The study tour examined the application of customary law systems of Namibia and Botswana, and how customary law can be applied and adapted in a South Sudanese context.
  • UNDP organized 12 weeks of legal skills training at the Law Development Centre (LDC) in Kampala, Uganda for 30 MOLACD legal counsellors. The participants received training on common law approaches as well as criminal proceedings, civil procedure, law, domestic relations, legislative drafting and code of conduct advocacy.
  • The project facilitated the printing of the Constitutions for seven states of Warrap, Eastern, Central and Western Equatorial states, Jongeli, Upper Nile and Unity.
  • A delegation of nine Sudanese officials undertook a 12 day customary law study tour to Lesotho and Mozambique. The objective of the study tour was to expose the Sudanese delegation to the application of customary law systems, and particularly how statutory law interfaces with customary law.
  • Ten (10) MoLACD directors attended a management training course at Corat Africa in Nairobi from 15 - 26 November 2010. Others including heads of regional attorneys and legal counselors are expected to be trained in the same field in 2011.
  • A joint committee of MoLACD, IDLO and members of the provisional governing body toured Kigali and Kampala for the purpose of sharing experiences on the establishment of an LTI (Legal Training Institute) similar to the Ugandan Law Development Institute.

Technical Assistance

  • UNDP technical advisors attend weekly/bi-weekly coordination meetings with MoLACD officials, and regular meetings with international partners/advisors.  UNDP is chairing a strategic planning committee to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for MoLACD which will enhance its internal systems and ability to deliver services effectively.

Capacity Building

  • 70 MoLACD legal counsellors and support staff underwent computer skills training this year both at HQ and state levels. The training has enhanced the proficiency of MoLACD legal counsellors and support staff on the use of computers and their ability to carry out internet research.
  • 30 legal counsellors from MoLACD were trained for 12 weeks on legal skills and the common law system at the Law Development Centre in Kampala.
  • The project team facilitated the UNDP referendum project to make a presentation to senior officials of MoLACD (1st September) on the roles and responsibilities of the key players for the conduct of the referendum in 2011.
  • Additional furniture and ICT equipment for the newly constructed law library was supplied and delivered in February and March 2010.
  • There are ongoing consultations between the project team, MoLACD and IDLO regarding the establishment of the Legal Training Institute (LTI) and facilitation of the establishment of the LTI(Legal Training Institute).

Infrastructure Development

  • Construction was completed in June 2009 on a two-story permanent library facility. The law library serves as a resource and database information centre where laws can be easily accessed and researched by MoLACD staff and the general public.
  • UNDP is commissioning the building of a Customary Law Research Center in Lakes State.  Land has been allocated and engineering and surveying works have begun.

CPA Dissemination

  • UNDP facilitated H.E Minister Michael Makuei Lueth of MoLACD to conduct workshops in six state capitals (Rumbek, Yambio, Torit, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu) for officials including governors, members of State Legislative Assemblies, judges, county commissioners, traditional leaders and CSO representatives to discuss the various legal frameworks in South Sudan.


Donor name Contributing amount
DFID 714,311 USD
Canada (DFAIT) 841,231 USD
EUCOMM 239,021 USD
NET 182,072 USD
SIDA 200,000 USD
UNDP 198, 257 USD

Delivery by year

Year Total amount delivered
2011 795,508 USD
2010 465,231 USD
2009 1,023,881 USD
2008 1,256,000 USD
2007 1,857,000 USD
Project Overview
Project start date:
May 2006
Estimated end date:
December 2012
Geographic coverage:
South Sudan
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
Project officer:
Stephen Wani,
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