Dr Mark Deng (an émigré from South Sudan) is an emerging researcher in South Sudanese public law. He completed his PhD in 2021 (on South Sudan’s constitutional transition) and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (and Sessional Law Lecturer) at The University of Queensland.

He has published in leading journals, such as the Journal of African Law (published by Cambridge University Press) and the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (published by Oxford University Press).

His research and publications more broadly extend to the relationship between South Sudanese customary law (and traditions) and international human rights law, as well as the place of South Sudanese customary practices within legal liberalism, eg, within Australian law. He has also been featured in top news articles, including The Conversation – Africa.

Dr Deng is currently working on a book project on constitutional transformations and institutional development in South Sudan. He was awarded bursary recently by the University of New South Wales to support the completion of this project.