Second Workshop with the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal of South Sudan

Max Planck Foundation conducts workshop aimed at supporting transitional justice capacities

End of November 2016, the Max Planck Foundation delivered the second in a series of workshops designed to support the transitional justice capacities of the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal of South Sudan. The workshop was organised in cooperation with the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal of South Sudan and aimed to provide technical assistance and capacity building to the South Sudanese judiciary in the field of transitional justice. The workshop took place in Juba.

The workshop entitled “Mechanisms of Transitional Justice” was delivered by three research fellows of the Max Planck Foundation. Additionally, a presentation was given by one of the Supreme Court judges on traditional justice methods in South Sudan. The workshop commenced with an introduction to transitional justice mechanisms in peace agreements and proceeded with an analysis of comparative models of non-judicial mechanisms of transitional justice, and consequently considered the legal framework, mandates, and composition of truth commissions, reparation mechanisms and institutional reform.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Sudan, Justice John Gatwech Lul, and a representative of the Max Planck Foundation. Following the successful implementation of this workshop, the Max Planck Foundation envisages delivering the next workshop in January 2017.

This workshop series comprises the first of three components of the project on “Supporting Transitional Justice Capacities in South Sudan”, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Max Planck Foundation.