• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

'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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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
  4. 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.

Other Information

Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation in class discussions (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Reading memo (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Reflective Reading Journal (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research Paper (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.


Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (ALLB, BLLBA) and have completed or be completing five LAWS 1000 level courses; or Juris Doctor (MJD), and have completed or be completing five LAWS 1000 or 6100 level courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific.

Prescribed Texts

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/.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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