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 South Pacific Legal Studies



Previous Conference Abstracts

Conference Report from 2005 Waikato Conference

New Book on Indigenous Self-determination
Aboriginal Studies Press has just published, Unfinished Constitutional Business? Rethinking Indigenous Self-determination, edited by Dr Barbara Hocking, which may be of interest to SPLSIG members.


The following two books have been published recently and may be of interest to group members:

Kenneth Brown, Reconciling Customary Law and Received Law in Melanesia: The Post-Independence Experience in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, 2005, Darwin: CDU Press, ISBN 0-9757614-8-X

The publishing blurb states that ‘This book adds to the growing body of legal scholarship on Pacific island jurisdictions. One of the main issues in the post-imperial era has been the inter-reaction and relationship between introduced law and customary law. The author looks at this problem in the context of two neighbouring Melanesian jurisdictions, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and analyses the constitutional provisions dealing with the application of various legal sources. He then examines what has actually happened in practice in the post-independence period with special reference to the law relating to the family and succession and inheritance.’  Further details can be found at:

Mohammed Ahmadu and Robert Hughes, Commercial Law & Practice in the South Pacific, 2005, London: Cavendish, ISBN 1859418406

The publishing blurb states that this book ‘Examines the main areas of commercial law which apply in the common law jurisdictions of the South Pacific region. This includes Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Nauru, (Western) Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Its approach is both structural, in terms of the establishment and termination of commercial organizations as well as their internal and external relations, and transactional, in examining the legal principles applicable to various kinds of commercial dealings such as insurance, sale of goods, bills of exchange and aspects of foreign trade and international commerce relevant to the region.’