The South Pacific Lawyers' Association seeks to provide access to resources which may be of interest to legal practitioners and professional bodies in the South Pacific. Here you will find resources relating to practice management, continuing legal education, topical law reform issues, model professional rules, and many other useful information resources.

Please contact us if you would like to submit or suggest any additional resources that could be made available on this site.

2014 Human Rights Essay Award

The Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is offering an opportunity to win a full-tuition scholarship to attend the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law. The program will take place in Washington D.C. from 27 May to 13 June, 2014. The scholarship includes travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms, a per diem for living expenses, and eligibility for publication in the American University International Law Review

IDLO Scholarships

IDLO is also offering a limited number of scholarships to attend its two-week course "The Dos and Don’ts of Technology Licensing for Developing Countries" held in Rome on 11-22 November 2013.

The scholarships will cover tuition fees and, in exceptional cases, local costs. Please note: International flights are NOT covered by IDLO.

IPBA Scholars Program for Pacific lawyers

Applications are now being accepted for Scholarships for lawyers from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Bangladesh, and the Pacific Islands to attend IPBA's 24th Annual Meeting and Conference to be held in Vancouver, Canada, May 8-11, 2014.

Fellowship Opportunity: United Nations / Nippon Foundation Ocean Affairs Fellowship

The United Nations – The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme is a fully funded research Fellowship for developing State ocean professionals. The main objective of the Fellowship  is to provide advanced research and training in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea (and related disciplines) to government officials and other professionals from developing States, so that they may obtain the necessary knowledge to assist their countries to formulate comprehensive ocean policy and to implement the legal regime set out in UNCLOS and related instruments.

UN Documents for environmental lawyers

The IUCN Environmental Law Programme, through the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL), monitors United Nations documents  and selects those of relevance to the environment and development on a regular basis.
ICEL maintains a special web section listing recently released documents from the UN system.
Each document is listed by official document number, title and then accessible in the official UN languages upon clicking the link.


New book: Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate

Just published by Cambridge University Press: Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate
Michael B. Gerrard and Gregory E. Wannier (eds)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Disputes can be resolved by means other than court hearings, and mediated dispute resolution is consistent with many customary practices in the South Pacific.
Australia's National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council has produced a range of resources about alternative dispute resolution, including Legislating for Alternative Dispute Resolution -  A Guide for government policy-makers and legal drafters (2006)

PILON's technical legal assistance database

The Pacific Islands Law Officers’ Network (PILON) is a network of senior of public law officers from Pacific countries, which focuses on common legal issues within the Pacific region. The PILON Secretariat has compiled a database of technical legal assistance programs and initiatives available to PILON member countries, and contact details of technical legal assistance providers.

Case Management Handbook

The Federal Court of Australia Case Management Handbook has been prepared by members of the Federal Litigation Section of the Law Council in conjunction with the Federal Court of Australia.

The Handbook contains a wealth of information on procedures and best practice in areas including:

Law reform submissions

A key function of legal professional associations is to provide input to government and law reform bodies in relation to law reform initiatives, public inquiries and in the scruitiny of Bills.

Through engagement with government, legal professional associations can assist government to improve and refine laws for the benefit of the community.