Introduction to the concept and the role of law in the context of Pacific island states (excluding New Zealand and Australia).
About this paper
|The Law in the South Pacific
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- 96 LAWS points
- Pre or Corequisite
- Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
- Limited to
- LLB, LLB(Hons)
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
- The South Pacific region and the law in the South Pacific before colonisation
- Colonisation, Decolonisation and Current Legal Systems in the South Pacific
- Legal Pluralism and Customary law in the South Pacific
- Courts, the Judiciary and the legal profession in the South Pacific
- Current issues
There is no prescribed textbook for this course, but the following two textbooks will be regularly referred to:
- Bernard Narokobi Lo Bilong Yumi Yet = Law and Custom in Melanesia (Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific & Melanesian Institute for Pastoral and Socio-Economic Service, Goroka(PNG), 1989)
- Jennifer Corrin and Donald Paterson Introduction to South Pacific Law (4th ed, Intersentia, Cambridge, 2017)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:
- Understand the historical evolution of the concept of law in South Pacific island countries
- Understand and explain the current sources of law and their status in legal systems in South Pacific island countries
- Understand and critically discuss the theory and practice of legal pluralism in the context of the South Pacific
- Understand and critically discuss selected international law issues in the South Pacific
- Critically reflect on the role of law in the context of the South Pacific