Research project: "Intersections of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan"

Finished November 30, 2016
“Intersections of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan” is a 2-year research project that started in November 2014. The project is being implemented by the UPEACE The Hague, in cooperation with the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) and PAX.

 

It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a part of the ‘Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law’, and is administered by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


The project takes a holistic approach to understanding violence, and investigates people’s experiences in seeking justice in relation to both conflict-related and non-conflict-related violence. The three main research questions are:

  •  What are the strengths, weaknesses and interrelationships of different types of justice systems (both statutory and customary)?
  • What opportunities for reform can be identified in order to bring justice services into greater conformity with user needs?
  • What existing and potential opportunities for truth, justice and reconciliation can be identified in South Sudan with regard to the past and present conflicts?

Methodologies and activities

 

The project will make use of a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including focus groups and interviews. Drawing on the findings from the focus groups and interviews, a survey will be developed to gain insight into people’s perceptions and experiences regarding truth, justice and reconciliation, and investigate the main questions listed above. The survey will make use of the Kobo Toolbox technology for mobile data collection in challenging environments. The same technology will be used for dispute tracking and case monitoring, whereby SSLS legal aid clinics can report on cases they receive, and monitor case proceedings in both statutory and customary courts. The project further includes historical case mappings of certain periods of violence, for example, enforced and involuntary disappearances that took place in the garrison towns of southern Sudan in the early 1990s. To support these activities and to inform the project with experiences in other countries, the project will employ a desk research component. 

 

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News

Two new publications on Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan

07 Oct 2016  Two new reports are published within the research project “Intersections of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan”. The project is carried out in cooperation by the University for Peace (UPEACE) Centre The Hague, the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) and PAX.  read more
 

New publication on access to justice in South Sudan

25 May 2016  A new policy brief is published within the research project “Intersections of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan”. The project is carried out in cooperation by the University for Peace (UPEACE) Centre The Hague, the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) and PAX.  read more
 

Two new publications on South Sudan's process towards Reconciliation and Justice

28 Apr 2016  Two new policy briefs are published within the research project “Intersections of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in South Sudan”. The project is carried out in cooperation by the University for Peace (UPEACE) Centre The Hague, the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) and PAX.  read more
 

Staff

Contact person for this project
Programme Leader Peace and Conflict Studies, Research Fellow
+31 (0)70 302 2877

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