South Sudan Law Reform (Review) Commission (SSLRC)

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Justice Deng Biong Mijak

Profile of Chairperson:


Justice Biong is a researcher and expert on customary law and traditional justice systems reform and development in South Sudan.He wrote a number of academic papers and made numerous presentations on the inter-face of both the traditional and statutory legal systems and the challenges of establishing a sound legal framework for the newly born State of South Sudan.

Before his appointment to the current position (September,2010), Justice Biong served as the Under-Secretary, the Director for Training and Research in the then GoSS’ Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development (2006-2010), President of the High Court in Greater Equatoria (1995-2000) and Circuit 2 based in Rumbek (2000-2004) in the SPLM liberated areas. He also served as a legal and military officer in various SPLA units and command areas (1986-1991).



Southern Sudan Law Reform (Review) Commission is duly established as an independent constitutional body by the provisions of Article 137 of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011, to carry out, inter alia, the following:


  1. The Commission shall keep the law of South Sudan under systematic review and shall undertake examinations and conduct research with a view to developing, modernizing and reforming the law and formulate proposals for law reform.
  2. Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (1) above, the Commission shall:
    1. undertake research in connection with and review the Constitution, all the Acts and other laws of South Sudan and suggest reforms that will make the Constitution and the laws compatible with the newly born independent and Sovereign State of South Sudan.
    2. undertake research in connection with and review the Constitution, all the Acts and other laws of South Sudan and suggest reforms that will make the Constitution and the laws more responsive to the conditions, needs and aspirations of the people of South Sudan;
    3. seek to harmonize the traditions and social values of the people of Southern Sudan, as expressed in their various customary law regimes, with the statutory laws of South Sudan and the accepted principles of international law;
    4. ensure that laws of South Sudan are just, fair, efficient, understandable and accessible to the people;
    5. recommend elimination of anomalies in the law and repeal of obsolete or unnecessary legislations;
    6. adopt new or more effective methods or both for the administration of the law and dispensation of justice; and
    7. render advice on any matter referred to it by any government institution or civil society based organization.


Powers and Duties:
The Commission shall exercise the following powers and discharge the following duties:


  1. Conduct public hearings, seek comments from the public on its proposals;
  2. Consult any person or class of persons and request information from any government institution, any other organization or person in relation to the review, reform or development of any aspect of the law of South Sudan;
  3. Provide briefings to parliamentary committees, ministers, government departments, and other bodies to ensure that its reports and recommendations are well understood and taken into account in legal policy development;
  4. Publish such parts of its work in such manner as it thinks expedient;
  5. At the request of the Minister of Justice, undertake an examination of and conduct research in relation to any particular branch or matter of law whether or not such branch or matter is included in its programmes, and if so requested, formulate and submit to the Minister proposals for its reform.
  6. Where in the performance of its functions it considers it appropriate so to do, the Commission may:

a) receive and consider for inclusion in a programme being prepared by it, proposals for law reform;

b) appoint experts or consultants in any specific aspect of law reform undertaken by the Commission;

c) appoint or empanel committees, in consultation with the Minister of Justice, from among members of the commission, or from among persons outside the commission, to study and make recommendations to the commission on any aspect of the law referred to the committees by the commission;

d) examine and conduct such research in relation to the legal systems of countries other than the State of South Sudan as appears to the Commission likely to facilitate the performance of its functions;

e) Receive donations of funds, materials and technical assistance for the furtherance of its work;

f) in consultation with the Minister of Justice, prepare, or cause to be prepared, and include in its proposals for law reform, draft Bills for enactment by the National Legislature;

g) initiate, or in consultation with Minister of Justice, carry out research necessary for the improvement and modernisation of the law;

h) in collaboration with the Judiciary of South Sudan, prepare and publish law reports;

i) encourage and promote public participation in the process of lawmaking and educate and sensitise the public on lawmaking through seminars, publications and the mass media; and

j) indicate the desirability, priority, scope and extent of any proposals for law reform.





Projects and Programs: 



  1. In order to discharge the functions mentioned above, and in consultation with the Minister of Justice, the Commission shall, from time to time, draw up programmes listing in order of preference the matters which in its opinion require consideration. Such programmes shall include estimates of the finances and other resources that will be required for their implementation.
  2. The Commission’s programmes shall be subject to approval by the Council of Ministers.
  3. Any person or body is free to submit proposals for law reform to the Commission. In each case the Commission considers the merits of a proposal to determine whether the inclusion of a matter in the Commission’s programme is justified.
  4. The Commission may also include matters of its own accord in the programmes.


Publications and Documents:


  1. As soon as may be after the end of each year, the Commission shall make a comprehensive report of its activities during that year to the Council of Ministers for consideration.
  2. The report mentioned under sub-section (1) above, shall include, inter-alia,:

a) any preliminary working papers published by it during that year;
b) any examination during that year of the legal system of a country other than South Sudan;
c) any draft legislation prepared by it in consultation with the Minister of Justice ;
d) any activities during that year of any working panel or advisory committee established by the Commission; and
e) the financial report incidental to the Commission’s activities covered in the report.




Joseph Awar Makom
Acting Director for Programmes and Planning
Email address:
Tel: 0955925062/+256 47712 8127

Physical Address:

Thongpiny residential area about 4 blocks or 500 metres west of Nimule Resort Hotel or 50 metres west of Turkish Embassy.



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