Workshop on Introduction to Transitional Justice

Max Planck Foundation supports transitional justice capacities of the High Courts and County Courts of South Sudan

From 16 until 18 November 2017, the Max Planck Foundation conducted a workshop providing legal capacity building to the lower statutory courts of South Sudan on transitional Justice. The workshop was organised in cooperation with the judiciary and took place in Juba, South Sudan.

The workshop, entitled “Introduction to Transitional Justice”, was delivered by two representatives of the Max Planck Foundation. The various sessions over the course of the workshop introduced the justices of both Courts to the international law foundations of transitional justice, in particular: the sources of international law and its subjects, regional perspectives on international law, relevant principles of international law, the branches and sources of law of relevance in times of armed conflict, and the protection of the individual in international humanitarian law. The workshop concluded with an introduction to transitional justice, its mechanisms and principles. The aim of this workshop was therefore to facilitate a comprehensive introduction to the topic of transitional justice.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Justice of South Sudan, Justice John Gatwech Lul, the Director of Training at the South Sudan Judiciary, Justice Dr. Benjamin Baak Deng, and a representative of the Max Planck Foundation.

This workshop continues the project “Supporting Transitional Justice Capacities in South Sudan”, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Max Planck Foundation.