Who are the main providers of justice and police services in post-conflict Southern Sudan? Why is a focus on state justice unworkable in Southern Sudan and other post-conflict countries? This article examines justice and policing in Southern Sudan and questions the assumptions that underlie donor-driven access to justice and rule of law programmes. The key issue is to strengthen legitimate existing providers first, rather than to assume for ideological reasons that central government is, can, or should be the main provider.
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