Max Planck Foundation continues its training series on Professional Ethics for Lawyers
Upon positive feedback from the participants of a previous workshop and the request from the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to provide this training to a larger number of Legal Counsel in view of the importance of the topic for the provision of legal services in South Sudan, the Max Planck Foundation delivered a workshop from 14 to 16 November 2022 on Professional Ethics for Lawyers within the framework of the German Office-funded project Support to the Constitutional Process in South Sudan.
The workshop was officially opened on 14 November 2022 by the Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of South Sudan, Hon. Dr. Gabriel Isaac Awow, in presence of the Ministry’s Director of Training, Hon. Kual Paul Deng. The Hon. Undersecretary expressed his gratitude to the Foundation as a long-standing partner of South Sudan and the German Federal Foreign Office for their continued support to strengthen the administration of justice in the country.
Over the course of three days, 25 Legal Counsel of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs from all across the country engaged in lively discussions around the key ethical standards guiding the legal profession. They were exposed to a variety of comparative international legal frameworks and were invited to reflect on the existing legal framework on professional ethics for lawyers in South Sudan. Based on the practical experience from their daily work, the Legal Counsel discussed existing challenges and possible regulatory approaches in the context of South Sudan. The final day of the workshop provided the participants with several case studies to practically apply the knowledge gained through the presentations provided by the Foundation’s experts.
The three-day workshop was closed on 16 November 2022 by the Director of Training in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Kual Paul Deng. He emphasised the importance of professional ethics for lawyers in South Sudan and expressed his confidence that this workshop will contribute to an enhancement of the legal services provided to the people in the country.