Traditional Justice Mechanisms as Means to Attaining Peace and Reconciliation in South Sudan

Date: 12 December 2015

Location: 10:30a.m - 1:30p.m, Gudele Hall, Juba Grand Hotel

Organizer: The Sudd Institute & UNDP


The conclusion of a seemingly long drawn out negotiations process with the signing of the peace agreement by South Sudan’s parties to the conflict has renewed a sense of hope for the restoration of peace and stability in the country. However, it is generally acknowledged that the road towards stability will certainly be a rocky one. This is because not only has the war engendered a whole host of challenges, but also compounded the dark legacy of the Sudanese second civil conflict.


To discuss the challenges facing conciliatory work, The Sudd Institute in conjunction with UNDP is sponsoring a public lecture on traditional justice mechanisms as means of attaining national peace, healing and reconciliation. This lecture explores some of the transitional and traditional justice approaches to get a sense of transitional justice within the local and global contexts as well as drawing applicable lessons with a view to informing an appropriate transitional justice agenda South Sudan might adopt. After exploring various forms of local and global mechanisms, the lecture recommends some lessons that can inform appropriate application of transitional justice in the post-conflict South Sudan.



Nhial Tiitmamer, Policy Analyst, The Sudd Institute



Justice John Wol Makec, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court


Hon. Michael Chot, Member of the National Legislative Assembly


Dr. Bernard Suwa, Former Secretary General, CNHPR



Hon. Ajonye Perpetua, Chairperson, Land Commission, Central Equatoria 


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