South Sudan – Joint Workshop for the National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States: The Relationship between the Two Chambers of Parliament

At the request of the South Sudanese National Legislative Assembly, the Max Planck Foundation, with funding …

… from the German Foreign Office, will hold a workshop for the members of the South Sudanese Legislature on the theme of “bicameralism”, which will explore issues on how to strengthen the relationship between the two chambers of parliament in South Sudan. The workshop will be a joint workshop for both the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and the Council of States (CoS) and will address members of both houses. The main focus of the workshop will be an in-depth and critical look at how the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan (TCSS 2011) regulates the workings of the two chambers at the moment and how this can be further strengthened as the country moves toward its permanent Constitution.

The workshop is the fifth in a series of workshops for the National Legislature that have been provided by the Max Planck Foundation. Previous workshops of the Max Planck Foundation for the National Legislature focused on various topics of importance to both houses, including checks and balances among the branches of government in decentralised systems, as well as comparative bicameralism. Specific topics of the workshop at hand included the role of inter-house committees in the National Legislature, initiation and passage of bills, as well as budget legislation.

The workshops took place in November 2013 in Juba, South Sudan.