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Chinese Journal of Environmental Law - call for submissions

The Chinese Journal of Environmental Law (CJEL) publishes international, comparative, and national research and reviews concerned with environmental law and policy. While CJEL aims to present leading research work from or concerned with China, other Asian regions, and the developing world at large, the journal’s geographic coverage is unlimited, and its scope is intentionally broad.

BSP lawyer attends Australian Bar advocacy course

A lawyer with Bank South Pacific (BSP) was recently awarded an Australian Bar Association scholarship through the South Pacific Lawyers Association (SPLA) to attend the 2016 Effective Trial Advocacy Course in Australia.

Condolences for Mr Ross Ray QC

Mr Ross Ray QC, Chair of the South Pacific Lawyers Association, sadly passed away in May 2016. Mr Ray had a very long association with the South Pacific, and was the inauqural and only Chair of the South Pacific Lawyers Association since 2007. 

You can read the Law Council's media release here.

 

2nd South Pacific Lawyers Conference 2015 Outcomes Report

The 2nd South Pacific Lawyers' Conference was held on 17-18 September 2015, in Brisbane. The conference was held over two days and was divided into two streams.

Stream One: Practice involved interactive workshops to advance legal skills in the areas of commercial drafting, litigation, mediation and ethics

Stream Two: Reform & Grow examined key topical issues such as women in practice, domestic violence, and strengthening the law societies across the region.

Justice delayed in the South Pacific islands

Interesting article from Reuters on a case in the Pacific's remote Kiritimati and noting the lack of lawyers and judges in the South Pacific region. Read more here

Collection of human rights cases from the Pacific Islands launched

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) released the largest collection of human rights case law from the Pacific Islands region at a regional consultation last Thursday night.

The publication, Pacific Human Rights Law Digest (Volume 5), contains not only cases with headnotes, but an analysed summary of judgments, highlighting significant human rights issues. It has been designed for Pacific law students, lawyers, magistrates, judges and human rights advocates to be used as precedents in the courts and as tools for policy initiatives.

Wanted: Senior Criminal Laywer - Crown Law Office, Cook Islands

CROWN LAW OFFICE - COOK ISLANDS

Senior Criminal Lawyer Vacancy

Crown Law Office, Rarotonga, is seeking a Senior Lawyer experienced in the areas of criminal, public and administrative law to join our office. The successful applicant will report directly to the Solicitor-General. You must have strong advocacy skills and manage a high case load comprised of jury trials and civil and public law cases.

Boost for cultural producers’ rights and cultural industries in Fiji

Understanding and improving intellectual property rights and protection for cultural creators and producers is the focus of a four-day training workshop under way in Suva, Fiji, this week.

ICAAD Conducts Workshop for Lawyers from 12 Pacific Island Countries at a Gender and the Law Conference in Fiji

Impact of Gender Stereotypes and Cultural Norms on Sentencing

Recently, lawyers from across the Pacific Region (12+ countries) gathered for a Regional Consultation on Gender and the Law that was hosted by the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) and Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM). This brought together over 50 attorneys (including observers) representing government (Attorney General's Offices), judiciary (magistrates), private practitioners, and civil society.

Contextualizing the global sustainable development agenda

Sustainable development in the Pacific will require new and innovative approaches – approaches that build on existing mechanisms and take into account the unique geographic, environmental, cultural and social context, Iosefa Maiava, head of the UN ESCAP Pacific Office, acknowledged at the Pacific Consultation on Progress on the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 Development Agenda.