National Customary Law Centre to open in Rumbek

Aug 28, 2012

Rumbek:  The Ministry of Justice with support from UNDP and funding through the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) has established a National Customary Law Centre (CLC) in Rumbek, Lakes State. The CLC will be handed over on Thursday 30 August at 11h00 in Rumbek.  In addition a high-level discussion on the importance of customary law in South Sudan will be held.

The CLC is the first institution of its kind in Africa and is expected to facilitate coordination between government and other stakeholders of the customary justice system. The CLC will also provide advice and training for all branches of Government on matters of customary law and serve as the repository for all relevant customary law research and reference materials. 

Customary courts, often referred to as ‘chiefs courts’, are responsible for adjudicating the majority of civil and criminal cases in South Sudan.  There are, however, some challenges to administering customary courts and aligning them with the statutory legal framework.  A high-level discussion on customary law will follow the ceremony with representatives from the Traditional Leaders Council, Local Government Board, Ministry of Justice, Judiciary and specialists on customary law. 


Date:                     Thursday 30 August 2012

Time:                     11h00 – 14h00

Location:               Customary Law Centre, Rumbek, Lakes State, South Sudan

Photo/Interview Opportunities:

  • Hon. Paulino Wanawila Onango, Deputy Minister of Justice, Republic of South Sudan
  • Hon. Eng. Chol Tong Mayay, Governor Lakes State
  • Representatives from the Judiciary, South Sudan
  • Representatives from the Traditional Leaders Council
  • Representatives from the Local Government Board
  • Ms. Catherine Fleming, Head of Stabilization, Canadian Embassy
  • Mr. Toby Lanzer, DSRSG/RC/HC/UNDP Resident Representative
  • Mr. Balazs Horvath, Country Director, UNDP
  • Mr. George Conway, Deputy Country Director (Programmes), UNDP South Sudan
  • Ms. Amanda Serumaga , Team Leader, Democratic Governance Unit, UNDP South Sudan
  • Representatives from the international development community

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For further information, please contact: Marguerite Nowak, Communications Officer, United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan Cell: 095 619 1254

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