Official Handover of Legislation and Legal Material to the South Sudan Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Copies of eleven laws and selected legal materials delivered to the Ministry

On 2 July 2021, the Max Planck Foundation, together with the European Union Delegation to South Sudan, officially handed over selected legal material and several thousand copies of (re-) published legislation to the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. The handover ceremony was the culmination of the first round of efforts of the Directorate of Legislation and Gazetting of the Ministry to re-publish certain laws of the Republic of South Sudan that had gone out of print, and to publish other laws which had not yet been published, among them the Civil Service Act, 2011; Local Government Act, 2009; Non-Governmental Organisations Act, 2016; Higher Education Act, 2012; Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Act, 2016; Child Act, 2008; and the Broadcasting Corporation Act, 2013. Also handed over during the ceremony were textbooks on various areas of law, including constitutional law, administrative law, and legislative drafting, all of which had been explicitly requested by the leadership of the Ministry of Justice. The handing over of these materials is part of the Foundation’s ongoing engagement with the Ministry of Justice to enhance the availability of and access to important legal resources for the Ministry’s staff in particular and within the rule of law sector more generally.

At the ceremony, Ms Sandra Zech from the European Union Delegation to South Sudan expressed the EU’s satisfaction with the handover, noting that the project was part of the EU’s continued support for the rule of law sector in South Sudan. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice, Dr Gabriel Isaac Awow, who received the laws and materials on behalf of the Ministry, expressed the Ministry’s gratitude and also stated that the re-publication of the legislation and material provided were among the many areas the Ministry was working in collaboration with the Foundation.

Following this handover, the Foundation will continue working closely with the Ministry to provide technical support for the (re-) publication of additional legislation as requested by the Ministry. The re-publishing of the legislation and provision of the legal materials was completed with the generous financial support of the European Union within the framework of the project entitled Strengthening the Rule of Law in South Sudan.