- Code LAWS8006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Pacific Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Rebecca Monson
- Mode of delivery In Person
Autumn Session 2018
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Good governance', 'rule of law', 'strengthening access to justice' and 'land reform' are currently high on the agenda of governments and donors in the South Pacific region. Law reform is often presented as a remedy to political instability, corruption, disappointing economic growth, and conflict.
This course introduces students to the legal systems of the independent nations of the South Pacific and examines the relationship between law, governance and development in the region. It considers:
- the general features of law and legal systems in countries of the South Pacific, including the influence of custom and tradition;
- the multiple meanings of 'law' in the social, political and legislative contexts of the South Pacific;
- constitutions, leadership and the organisation of the state;
- “state building” and “access to justice” in the “arc of instability”; and
- current debates about the status and recognition of customary law, particularly in relation to (i) land and natural resource management and (ii) human rights.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:A participant who has successfully completed this course should
- be familiar with the general patterns of law and legal systems in countries in the independent nations of the South Pacific, including:the influence of custom and tradition; and the influence of the colonial period and contemporary state-building initiatives;
- have a broad understanding of the multiple meanings of ‘law’ in the social, political and legislative contexts of the independent South Pacific, and be able to consider which meaning may be appropriate in different contexts;
- be able to evaluate contemporary academic and policy debates about the status and recognition of customary law, particularly as it relates to: governance and state-building; land and natural resource management; and human rights; and
- be able to access and analyse South Pacific legal materials and to employ a variety of tools and methodological approaches useful for legal research and practice in South Pacific contexts.
Students must rely on the approved Means of Assessment available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
The proposed scheme of assessment is:
- a research paper (worth 70%); and
- participation in class discussions (a maximum of 10% will be awarded based on participation); and
- a reflective reading journal (worth 20%).
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26 contact hours (intensive mode over 4 days) and private study time. It is anticipated that students will be required to undertake approximately 2 hours of preparatory reading for every hour of face-to-face teaching.
2014 Intensive course dates: 3-4 & 7-8 April
Requisite and Incompatibility
A collection of journal articles and book chapters will be compiled by the lecturer and accessible via WATTLE.
Students will need to access materials via the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII): http://www.paclii.org/.
A Course Outline will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5768||14 May 2018||14 May 2018||25 May 2018||29 Jun 2018||In Person||N/A|