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Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan

South Sudan Flag on HandThis update is one of the first detailed analyses published on the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan of 9 July 2011, the first constitution of the independent South Sudan. The analysis in the Introductory Note sets out the unique history of South Sudan, including the independence of the Republic of the Sudan from Britain in 1956 and South Sudan’s process towards independence from Sudan and its experiences of one country, two systems.

The Note describes the origins and historical development of the Transitional Constitution, its fundamental principles, the protection of fundamental rights and the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the separation of powers, federalism and decentralization, the status of international law in the domestic legal order, and regional integration. It also sets out the roadmap for South Sudan’s journey towards the adoption of a permanent constitution. The Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011 (Amendment) Act, 2013, which provided for an extension of the constitutional mandate and a period of the National Constitutional Review Commission to complete its work, and a Select Bibliography complete this update.

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