Traditional authority in South Sudan
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, after experiencing decades of civil war in the last half-century. It is also the recipient of massive international aid and intervention, including in its government structures and judicial and legal systems. Unfortunately some of these programmes tend to assume either that the war had destroyed all social structures and local institutions, or that the authorities that have survived are ancient institutions. Dr Leonardi's research and book focus instead on both the continuities and the adaptation of local forms of authority and justice since the mid-nineteenth century, and particularly on the emergence and evolution of institutions for mediating relations with the state, namely the 'chiefs': Dealing with Government in South Sudan: Histories of Chiefship, Community and State (James Currey, 2013)
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- 2016 Leonardi, Cherry & Santschi, Martina 'Dividing Communities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda: boundary disputes and land governance'.
- 2010 Leonardi, Cherry, Moro, Leben Nelson, Santschi, Martina & Isser, Deborah 'Local Justice in Southern Sudan'.
- 2013 Leonardi, Cherry Dealing with Government in South Sudan: histories of chiefship, community and state, James Currey, 253 pp.