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    Introduction to the concept and the role of law in the context of Pacific island states (excluding New Zealand and Australia).

    About this paper

    Paper title The Law in the South Pacific
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.100
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    96 LAWS points
    Pre or Corequisite
    Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
    Limited to
    LLB, LLB(Hons)

    Teaching staff

    Dr Lili Song

    Paper Structure
    1. The South Pacific region and the law in the South Pacific before colonisation
    2. Colonisation, Decolonisation and Current Legal Systems in the South Pacific
    3. Legal Pluralism and Customary law in the South Pacific
    4. Courts, the Judiciary and the legal profession in the South Pacific
    5. Current issues

    There is no prescribed textbook for this course, but the following two textbooks will be regularly referred to:

    1. 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)
    2. 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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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