Nujoma urges SSLRC to get ALRAESA membership

15 Apr 2014 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 15 APR (NAMPA) – Justice Minister Utoni Nujoma has urged the South Sudan Law Review Commission (SSLRC) to acquire membership of the Association of Law Reform Agencies of Eastern and Southern Africa (ALRAESA).
“I urge you right from the start to get membership of ALRAESA as soon as you have established your internal structures”, Nujoma told the South Sudan delegation, which paid a courtesy call on his office here on Monday.
ALRAESA was formally established in August 2003 in Namibia, which is the current chair of the association.
The main aim of the meeting with the Minister by the SSLRC delegation was to establish the ministry's role in the process of legal research, lawmaking and aspects around access to law.
The SSLRC is a constitutional body, enshrined under article 137 of the Transnational Constitution of South Sudan of 2011.
According to the acting chairperson of the Law Review Commission of South Sudan, Martison Oturomoi, their commission's mandate is to study and keep under constant review the laws of South Sudan with a view to making recommendations for their systematic improvement, development, modernisation and review.
South Sudan is the youngest nation in Africa to set up an essential institution specifically tasked with the reform, review and development of its legal landscape.
The South Sudan delegation will be in the country from 13-18 April, seeking to familiarise themselves with the work of the Law Reform and Development Commission of Namibia.
They will also visit the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Ombudsman's Office.