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

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

The Max Planck Foundation delivered the third of four planned workshops in cooperation with the Supreme Court of South Sudan from 27–29 October 2015 in Juba, South Sudan. The workshops aim to provide technical legal capacity building to the Supreme Court of South Sudan in discharging its responsibilities as the constitutional court of South Sudan (Article 126[2] of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011).

The workshop, entitled “Constitutional Adjudication of Human Rights”, was delivered by two Max Planck Research Fellows with the participation of Rtd. Hon. Justice John Wuol Makec, former Chief Justice of South Sudan, and Prof. Akolda Maan Tier, Chairman of the National Constitutional Review Commission, as experts from South Sudan, as well as Dr. Bonolo Dinokopila of Botswana, as an international expert. It analysed comparative models of domestic reception of international human rights from a regional and international perspective. The workshop also contemplated the critical issues of the domestic adjudication and application of human rights and individual complaints mechanisms from a comparative African perspective as well as in relation to the Supreme Court of South Sudan. 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 to South Sudan, His Excellency, Mr. Johannes Lehne, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Sudan, His Excellency, Justice Chan Reec Madut, and a representative of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. Following this workshop, the Max Planck Foundation envisages delivering the fourth and final workshop in this series 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.