Bruno Braak, MLitt (1987) is a PhD candidate at the Van Vollenhoven Institute.
Bruno Braak, MLitt (1987) is PhD candidate at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Development of Leiden University. His research focuses on local dispute resolution and justice provision in Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, with a specific focus on contestation over property and land. Bruno is also the junior researcher in the 'Supporting Primary Justice in insecure contexts; South Sudan and Afghanistan' - project. He previously assisted in the research of Dr. Janine Ubink on customary legal empowerment in Ghana, Namibia and Malawi. Bruno was also involved with the ‘Access to Justice and Institutional Development in Libya’-project under the direction of Professor Jan Michiel Otto.
Bruno studied Peace and Conflict Studies (MLitt) at the University of St Andrews. His master’s thesis on peace missions in Kosovo was awarded the Sir Menzies Campbell Prize for the best thesis written in the School of International Relations. Before that, he studied Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University with a minor in Law, Culture and Development offered by the Van Vollenhoven Institute. Bruno has completed internships with NRC Handelsblad, the Netherlands Embassy in Sudan, the Clingendael Institute and Stichting Duurzame Samenleving Papua. He has also set up a website with video-interviews: www.warandpeacetalk.com.
A socio-legal study of the functioning of customary and statutory legal authorities and the interaction between them in Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, with a special focus on land disputes.