- Code PASI8312
- Unit Value 3 units
- Offered by Department of Pacific Affairs
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Pacific Studies
- Areas of interest Pacific Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Drawing upon the research and policy work of staff within the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) this course will provide an introduction to key issues in law and justice in the Pacific islands region. Having regard to historical and colonial legacies, the course will explore the plural and hybrid forms of law and justice that have emerged and shape the broader policy context. The course will consider law and justice development in the region, including broad trends, challenges & reform priorities. It will also explore contemporary debates concerning social order and the role of state and non-state actors in the law and justice arena. Case studies from the region will be used to illustrate the key issues. The course will equip participants with tools to analyse and understand complex law and justice issues and the associated policy challenges, provide them with an overview of domestic and international reform efforts and a foundation from which to evaluate policy options.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply concepts and frameworks to critically analyse complex and contemporary law and justice issues
- Demonstrate a working understanding of law and justice policy challenges
- Formulate, analyse and evaluate policy options for improved law and justice outcomes in Pacific Islands countries
- Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and arguments in a range of forms for professional and scholarly audiences
- Research Essay (2000 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Policy Options Brief & Presentation (1000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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This course comprises some 65 hours of activity over 12 weeks, both interactive/seminar based and independent research. The course comprises a maximum of 3k words of assessment or the equivalent. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.
· Firth, S. 1997. “Colonial Administration and the Invention of the Native”. In D. Denoon with S. Firth, J. Linnekin, M. Meleisea and K. Nero, (eds) The Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 253-288.
· Desai, D, D. Isser & M. Woolcock, 2012, Rethinking Justice Reform in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States: Lessons for Enhancing the Capacity of Development Agencies’, Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, Vol.4, (Special Issue), March 2012, 54-75.
· Scaglion, R., 2004. ‘Legal Pluralism in Pacific Island Societies’, in Lockwood, V. S., (ed), 2004. Globalization and Culture Change in the Pacific Islands, New Jersey, Pearson Prentice Hall, 86-101.
· Allen, Matthew, Sinclair Dinnen, Daniel Evans, and Rebecca Monson, Justice Delivered Locally – Systems, Challenges, and Innovations in Solomon Islands. Washington DC: World Bank, Justice for the Poor, Research Report, August 2013.
· Dinnen S. and Peake, G., 2015. ‘Experimentation and innovation in police reform: Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Bougainville’, Political Science, Vol.67(1), 21-37.
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