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South Sudan Law Society (SSLS)

Juba, South Sudan
Joined February 2012
Presence in: South Sudan
Focus: Education, Generalist Legal Services

The South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) is a civil society organization based in Juba. Its mission is to strive for justice in society and respect for human rights and the rule of law in South Sudan. The SSLS manages projects in a number of areas, including legal aid and paralegal training, human rights awareness-raising, and capacity-building for legal professionals, traditional authorities, and government institutions.

SSLS’s programs include:
Legal Aid
The SSLS manages a number of legal aid clinics that provide free legal advice, mediation and courtroom representation to clients who would otherwise be unable to afford these services.
Constitutional Development
In a project entitled, Towards the Constitution of ‘Zol Meskin’ (the ‘common person’ in Juba Arabic), the SSLS and a coalition of civil society organizations are advocating for a constitution and constitution-making process that reflects the hopes and aspirations of the South Sudanese people.
Land Rights in Transition
Through its research and advocacy, the SSLS sheds light on the interplay between land and power in postwar South Sudan.

People Associated With This Organization

David Deng

South Sudan  
South Sudan Law Society (SSLS)
Joined June 2012
David Deng is a South Sudanese/American human rights lawyer who spent much of the last decade engaged in research and advocacy in South Sudan. Deng’s research has touched on a broad array of issues, including the challenges and opportunities of large-scale land investment, customary law, and local dispute resolution mechanisms, citizen views on peace processes ad people’s experiences with and perceptions of transitional justice.

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