Law, Justice and Civicness: lessons from South Sudan

Hosted by the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB), LSE, United Kingdom


Alex de Waal

Alex de Waal

Executive Director, World Peace Foundation at Tufts University

David Deng

David Deng

Human Rights Lawyer

Rachel Ibreck

Rachel Ibreck

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Goldsmiths University


Mary Kaldor

Mary Kaldor

Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit, LSE

This event will highlight the ways in which civic activists navigate the law, fight for justice and seek accountability in South Sudan, and the wider lessons of this experience.

In the face of persisting violence and repression, South Sudanese citizens continue to struggle for justice and the rule of law. Drawing on extensive new research, Rachel Ibreck’s book South Sudan’s Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline examines people’s lived experiences as they confront entrenched injustices and seek to build working systems of law, as well as the courageous efforts of lawyers, activists, and ordinary citizens to assert their rights and hold the government to account.

The panel will discuss the efforts of civil society actors campaigning for systematic change despite being a part of a system that profits from their oppression.

Alex de Waal (@WorldPeaceFdtn) is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University and the Research Programme Director of the Conflict Research Programme (CRP) at LSE. 

David Deng is a South Sudanese/American human rights lawyer and researcher. Deng’s research is on South Sudan where he has touched on large-scale land investment, customary law and local dispute resolution mechanisms, citizen views on peace processes, and people’s experiences with and perceptions of transitional justice.

Rachel Ibreck (@RaciIbreck)  is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London and a the recipient of a small grant from the Conflict Reseach Programme. Her research focuses on work on land conflict and civicness in Eastern Equatoria, women as commodities in the political marketplace and community associations among South Sudanese refugees in Cairo, Egypt.

Mary Kaldor (@LSE_CCS) is the Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at LSE and Professor of Global Governance. Professor Kaldor pioneered the concept of new wars and global civil society and her work on the practical implementation of human security has directly influenced European and national politics.

Please note that this event is in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB) not the Old Theatre. View a campus map here.

The Twitter hashtags for this event are #LSECRP #LSESouthSudan #LSEConflict

Image credit: Flickr: antheap "Dawn on independence day. Heading to Garang Mausoleum", July 12 2011.


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