Fourth Seminar on “International Treaty Law and Practice” in Juba, South Sudan

The Max Planck Foundation launched a series of seminars on “International Treaty Law and Practice” for senior legal counselors of various South Sudanese Ministries. In total, five high-level seminars with renowned international experts took place in Juba over the course of 2013

South Sudan is the newest member of the international community of nations. As a member of the United Nations, South Sudan is bound by the fundamental principles lying at the heart of the international legal order, such as the commitment to peace and respect for human rights.

At the request of the South Sudanese Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, and with the financial support of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Max Planck Foundation launched a capacity building programme for various South Sudanese Ministries on “International Treaty Law”. In total, five high-level seminars with renowned international experts were held in Juba over the course of 2013.

This fourth seminar of the “International Treaty Law” series addressed the relationship between international obligations and domestic law. In addition, the seminar discussed questions of state succession in treaties. In this context, a close look was taken at potential legal implications concerning treaties that had been ratified by Sudan before South Sudan's independence in 2011.

The seminar was conducted by Professor Muna B. Ndulo, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for African Development at Cornell University (USA). Prof. Ndulo was assisted by two research fellows from the Africa team. Between 20 and 25 South Sudanese legal advisors and officials participated in the seminar, which was scheduled to take place from 1518 October, 2013 in Juba, South Sudan.