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Dr. Biong Kuol Deng

Governance expert, constitutional lawyer, policy analyst, and development expert, by profession, with over twenty- two years of practical experience at the regional and international levels. I have been able to acquire these professional experiences through professional, focused, diversified, and intensive work in the fields of legal education, human rights, Constitution and constitutionalism, conflict prevention, management and resolution, democracy and governance, and economic and human development. Since the 1980s, I had had work- experiences in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Comoros Islands, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi, and
Angola. My interaction with members of civil society and private sector,
government officials, and different communities, has cemented my strong belief in leadership by example and in the tenets of a collaborative and teamwork culture. I am currently Dean of the School of Law, University of Juba, Chairperson, Public Grievances Chamber, Republic of South Sudan, Research Fellow, Center for Strategic and Policy Studies, Juba, South Sudan, and Legal Consultant and Advocate and Commissioner for Oaths, Juba, South Sudan.



Dean, School of Law, University of Juba, Juba, South Sudan



Head, Department of Private, School of Law, University of Juba



Chairperson, Public Grievances Chamber, Republic of South Sudan, Juba, South Sudan



Research Fellow, Centre For Strategi2c and Policy Studies, P.O. Box, Hai Jeberona, Juba,
South Sudan



International IDEA Representative to South Sudan. International IDEA, Juba, South Sudan           


Consultant, Advocate and Commissioner for Oaths, Nimra Talata,    Juba, Southern Sudan.



Chief Research Specialist, Head of Governance and Democracy Unit. Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.



Chief Research Specialist, East Africa and the Horn, Africa Institute of South
Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.


Local Human Rights Consultant, United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).


Member of the Board, KUSH Inc., an NGO registered in the United States and South Africa.


Regional Adviser and Head of the Regional Office, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, SADC, based in Pretoria, South Africa.


Legal Officer Cum Human Rights Officer, Office of the SRSG, Monrovia, Liberia.


Banja Luka Field Office, OHCHR Field Operations, Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Sarajevo Field Office Coordinator, OHCHR Field Operations, Bosnia & Herzegovina:


Officer-in-Charge/ Human Rights Field Operation in the former Yugoslavia.


Mostar Field Office Coordinator, OHCHR Field Operations, Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Human Rights Officer, UNPAs, Zegrab, Croatia.


Research Assistant, Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin. 


Research Associate, Center for Applied Social Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, Harare,


Research Assistant, Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin.


Assistant Property Manager-Urban Living Inc.


Legal Consultant at the United Nations Center on Transnational Corporations, New
York, N.Y.


Research Assistant, Columbia University, New York.


Law Lecturer, State College of Legal Studies and Sharia Law, Sokoto State, Sokoto, Nigeria.


Legal Intern, Office of the Legal Adviser, Sudan Chevron Oil Co., Khartoum, Sudan.




S.J.D. (Ph.D.) Holder, Madison Law School, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thesis’s Title: “Property Rights, Legal Pluralism, and Land Disputes in Zimbabwe: A Case
Study in Gutu District, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe.”


LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, New York, N.Y. Focused on International Law, International Business Transactions, Corporate Law, Conflict of Laws, and Law
of Contracts.

Research Papers:

  • “Right to Food under International Law and National

  • “Manufacturer Product Liability under U.S.A. Law”;

  • “Law in Development in Africa.”


  • LL.B., Faculty of Law, Khartoum University, Khartoum, Sudan.



Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellow,

Ford Foundation



African Dissertation Program Fellow,

Rockefeller Foundation



African Development Foundation Doctoral Fellow,

African Development Foundation



University of Wisconsin Scholarship



University of Columbia Scholarship



Professional Organizations (Member)

  • Board Member, KUSH INC., Delware, USA; Pretoria, South Africa

  • Law and Society Association, Amherst, Mass., U.S.A. (former

  • International Association for the Study of Common Property,
    Toronto, Canada and U.S.A. (former member)

Published and Unpublished Articles on Governance Crises

Biong Kuol Deng,       

“The Legal Implications of the Sudan Peace Process: Interpretation of the Texts of the Agreements,” in Korwa G. Adar et al, Sudan Peace Process: Challenges and Future Prospects, Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, ch. 7, pp.

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“Sudan’s Nation-building Challenges: Political Situation in the Darfur Region of the Sudan,” unpublished, October 2004.

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“Sudan’s Foreign Policy: Its Impact on Internal Situation,” Inside AISA, February-March 2006.

Biong Kuol Deng        

“Peace and Security: Research Trends and Development, Challenges and Opportunities, and Possible Research Direction,” unpublished, October 2005.

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“The African Peer Review Mechanism and Its Participatory Process,” Inside AISA, April-May 2006.

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“Oversight Mechanism of the Pan-African Parliament: The Experience of East African Community’s Legislative Assembly,” published as an occasional paper, March 2008, by AISA Publication.

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“Sudan’s Identity and the Notion of Broken Promises,”(South Sudan Post, 2nd Edition, February Issue, 2006).      

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“Cooperation between Sudan and Egypt over River Nile Waters: The Challenges of Duality,” in Special Issue on the Riparian States of the Nile River, their National Interests and Regional Stability, African Sociological Review 11, 1, 2007,

Deng, Biong Kuol        

 “Sudan’s Human Security Dilemma in the Context of State Crisis: The Case of Darfur,” Africa Insight Journal, Vol. 7, March 2008.

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“The Kenya African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Process and Its Impact on Democracy and Political Governance (Journal Article, the African Journal of Political
Science ‘AJPS’, Vol. 12, No. 2, December 2007).

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“The Kenya African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Process and Its Impact on the Kenyan Socio-Economic Development” accepted for publication by AJPS.

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“The Concept of New Sudan in the Context of One Country Two Systems”, AISA Occasional Paper, No. 1 2008.

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“The Protection of Migrants’ Rights: The Case of Tanzania, AISA Occasional Paper, No. 9, 2011.

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“The Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), Its Legal Dimension and the Challenges of Its Implementation Modalities”, accepted for publication by AJPS as a Journal Article.

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“The Evolving Concept and Institution of Sovereignty: Challenges and Opportunities” AISA Policy Brief, Briefing No. 28, June 2010.

Deng, Biong Kuol     

“The ICC and Culture of Impunity in Africa: Issuance of Warrant of Arrest against President Bashir of the Sudan”, AISA Policy Brief, Briefing No.27, June 2010.

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“Cooperation between Egypt and Sudan over the Nile River Waters: The Challenges of Duality”, in Korwa G. Adar and Niscasius A. Check (eds), Cooperative Diplomacy, Regional
Stability and National Interests: The Nile River and Riparian States, Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, Ch. 3, pp. 39-66.

Deng, Biong Kuol        

“New Sudan in the Context of One Country, Two Systems,” in Francis M. Deng (ed), New Sudan in the Making? Essays on A Nation in Painful Search of Itself, Trenton and Asmara: The Red Sea Press, Inc., Chapter Fourteen, pp. 391-413.