Institutional Support to the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development (MoLACD) in Southern Sudan

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• Project Document
Location: GoSS (MoLACD)
Duration: May 2006 – December 2012
Focus area: Democratic Governance
Contributions(USD): DFID: 714,311
Canada (DFAIT): 841,231
EUCOMM: 239,021
NET: 182,072
SIDA: 200,000
UNDP: 198,257
Partners: The Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development (MOLACD)
Delivery(USD): 2010: 465,231
2009: 1,023,881
2008: 1,256,000
2007: 1,857,000
Contact person in UNDP: Stephen Wani, Project Manager ai,

The prolonged conflict in Sudan affected the delivery capacity of local, state, and national legal structures and rule of law institutions. Dedicated to rebuilding the legal system and ensuring a peaceful population ruled by fair and just laws, the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development (MoLACD) and UNDP have been working together to strengthen the legal services in Southern Sudan.
The mandate of MoLACD is to provide legal and advisory services to the Government of Southern Sudan to establish legal administrations in each of the ten states. To achieve this objective, the Ministry must train legal and administrative support staff as well as improve infrastructure of courts and legal centres throughout Southern Sudan.

The project aims to provide technical assistance, capacity building, customary law strategy development and harmonization, dissemination of legal resources and laws, and infrastructure support to MoLACD. All of UNDP’s aims are in support of building a strong foundation for a united, peaceful and prosperous society, based on justice, equality, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Snapshots of the project's major achievements

• UNDP facilitated two training courses for lawyers and advocates in the greater Bahr el Ghazal, greater Upper Nile, and greater Equatoria regions. The trainings examined human rights as a measure to promote and ensure a sustainable peace and to enhance the capacity of legal practitioners and judges within the states.
• A customary law study tour to Namibia and Botswana was facilitated by UNDP for representatives from the Southern Sudanese Judiciary, MoLACD, the Local Government Board and traditional authorities in October 2008. The study tour examined the application of customary law systems of Namibia and Botswana, and how customary law can be applied and adapted in the Southern Sudanese context.
• UNDP organized 12 weeks of legal skills training at the Law Development Centre (LDC) in Kampala, Uganda for 30 MOLACD legal counsellors. The participants received training on common law approaches as well as criminal proceedings, civil procedure, law, domestic relations, legislative drafting and code of conduct advocacy.
• The project facilitated the printing of the Constitutions for seven states of Warrap, Eastern, Central and Western Equatorial states, Jongeli, Upper Nile and Unity.
• A delegation of nine Sudanese officials undertook a 12 day customary law study tour to Lesotho and Mozambique. The objective of the study tour was to expose the Sudanese delegation to the application of customary law systems, and particularly how statutory law interfaces with customary law.
• Ten (10) MoLACD Directors attended a management training course at Corat Africa in Nairobi from 15 - 26 November 2010. Others including heads of regional attorneys and legal counselors are expected to be trained in the same field in coming year 2011.
• A joint committee of MoLACD, IDLO and members of the provisional governing body toured Kigali and Kampala for the purpose of sharing experiences on the establishment of an LTI (Legal Training Institute) similar to the Ugandan Law Development Institute.

Technical Assistance
• UNDP technical advisors attend weekly/bi-weekly coordination meetings with MoLACD officials, and regular meetings with international partners/advisors. UNDP is chairing a strategic planning committee to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for MoLACD which will enhance its internal systems and ability to deliver services effectively.

Capacity Building
• 70 MoLACD legal counsellors and support staff underwent computer skills training this year both at HQ and state levels. The training has enhanced the proficiency of MoLACD legal counsellors and support staff on the use of computers and their ability to carry out internet research.
• 30 legal counsellors from MoLACD were trained for 12 weeks on legal skills and the common law system at the Law Development Centre in Kampala.
• The project team facilitated the UNDP referendum project to make a presentation to senior officials of MoLACD (1st September) on the roles and responsibilities of the key players for the conduct of the upcoming referendum on 2011.
• Additional furniture and ICT equipment for the newly constructed law library was supplied and delivered in February and March 2010.
• There are ongoing consultations between the project team, MoLACD and IDLO regarding the establishment of the Legal Training Institute (LTI) and to facilitate the establishment of the LTI(Legal Training Institute).

Infrastructure Development
• Construction was completed in June 2009 on a on a two story permanent library facility. The law library serves as a resource and data base information centre where laws can be easily accessed and researched by MoLACD staff and the general public.
• UNDP is commissioning the building of a Customary Law Research Center in Lakes State. Land has been allocated and engineering and surveying works have begun.

CPA Dissemination

• UNDP facilitated H.E Minister Michael Makuei Lueth of MoLACD to conduct workshops in six state capitals (Rumbek, Yambio, Torit, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu) for officials including governors, members of State Legislative Assemblies, judges, county commissioners, traditional leaders and CSO representatives to discuss the various legal frameworks in Southern Sudan.
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