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Engaging with Pacific Legal Systems

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5.15 Ligertwood Building

The University of Adelaide

Adelaide, SA 5005

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There are many quite special features that make teaching law at the University of the South Pacific (USP) very rewarding. First, as there are 12 members countries of USP teaching is inherently comparative. Second, USP member countries are developing, are usually fairly recently Independent, and have adopted common law legal systems that operate alongside indigenous customary law, which creates particularly complex socio-legal and political environments. Third, the legal systems of the South Pacific are relatively under-researched, at least in part because until quite recently locating Pacific law was very difficult.

This seminar aims to build awareness of the potential of Pacific legal research, and the particular challenges of engaging with Pacific legal systems as subjects of research. The possibility of ongoing collaborative projects between staff and students of the University of Adelaide and the USP School of Law and Pacific Legal Information Institute (PacLII) will also be raised. It is hoped that the discussion will lead to specific collaborations.

Presented by Dr Anita Jowitt

Dr Anita Jowitt is the Director of the Pacific Legal Information Institute (PacLII). She has been teaching law at the University of the South Pacific, based in Vanuatu, for 20 years. Her research areas include law and governance, law and society in pluralistic contexts and employment law.

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