First Guest Lecture at the University of Juba, South Sudan

Max Planck Foundation delivers lecture to LLM students of the College of Law

On 4 July 2019, representatives from the Foundation delivered a Guest Lecture on the topic “A Comparative Analysis of Legal Systems” to twenty-two LLM candidates of the University of Juba. This Guest Lecture, which was jointly organised by the Foundation and the College of Law of the University, was designed to provide a theoretical and practical exploration of legal systems.

The Guest Lecture was formally opened by the Dean of the College of Law, Mr Elfaki Chol Lual, who was accompanied by members of faculty of the College of Law. Amongst the participants were prosecutors and legal practitioners who were undertaking further studies in the framework of the LLM programme in order to advance their careers.

The lecture initially provided a theoretical overview of the common law and civil law legal systems, before reviewing regional and international case-study examples of these legal systems. This was followed by a lively discussion amongst the students, during which they explored the various criteria distinguishing the two legal systems, all from a South Sudanese perspective.

This lecture, funded by the European Union, initiates the Guest Lecture Series foreseen within the framework of the project Strengthening the Rule of Law in South Sudan (2017-2020). The project aims to provide technical assistance and legal capacity building to key rule of law actors in South Sudan, including the Judiciary, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, the University of Juba, and various other justice sector stakeholders.