First Workshop with the Supreme Court of South Sudan Held in Juba

Max Planck Foundation begins workshop series to provide technical legal capacity building to the Supreme Court of South Sudan

The Max Planck Foundation delivered the first of four planned workshops in cooperation with the Supreme Court of South Sudan from 16-18 February 2015 in Juba, South Sudan. The workshop entitled “Foundations of Constitutional Adjudication” was delivered by Professor Charles Fombad, Professor of Law at University of Pretoria and Vice-President of the International Constitutional Law Association, in cooperation with Max Planck Research Fellows.

The workshop analysed comparative models of constitutional adjudication from a regional and an international perspective. It also contemplated critical issues of the structural and substantive jurisdictions of the constitutional panel of the Supreme Court of South Sudan from a comparative perspective as well as with relation to the specific context of its mandate under Article 126(2) of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011. The objective of the workshop was to contribute to the advancement of the principles of constitutionalism, rule of law, and good governance in South Sudan.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. David Schwake, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Sudan, Mr. Chan Reec Madut, and the Head of Project at the Max Planck Foundation. Following this workshop, the Max Planck Foundation envisages delivering three further workshops with the Justices of the Supreme Court before the end of 2015.

This workshop series comprises the first of two components of the programme for “Technical Support to the Supreme Court of South Sudan”, which is funded by the German Foreign Office and implemented by the Max Planck Foundation.