The South Pacific Lawyers Association (SPLA) was established in 2007 by the Law Council of Australia with the support of the International Bar Association and the Law Society of New Zealand. It was formally launched in July 2011.
The Constitution of the SPLA was adopted at its inaugural AGM which was held on 11 July 2011.
The SPLA has a seven member Executive which is supported by a Secretariat which is housed within the Law Council of Australia Secretariat in Canberra.
The primary objectives of the Association are to
advance the science of jurisprudence;
promote the interests of the legal profession in the South Pacific;
and to be a united body to represent its Constituent Members in all matters involving reform and uniformity of laws, and legal practice in the region.
Its other objectives are outlined in its Constitution
PILON Observer Status
In November 2014, SPLA was admitted as an Observer Member of the Pacific Islands Law Officers' Network (PILON) at the PILON Annual Meeting in Tarawa, Kiribati.