The authors analyse the South Sudanese Land Act 2009 with respect to its promotion of climate change resilience. Drawing on prior work and primary data, they argue that while the 2009 Land Act does contain clauses intended to promote climate resilience, these have barely been implemented. While statutory and customary land laws grant women some rights to land ownership and use, these are limited to sharing with their husbands after divorce and inheriting land from paternal family.

The authors further found that people displaced by climate are treated differently from those displaced by conflict, as climate induced shocks are assumed to be temporary.