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History

2002

IBA’s Pacific Leaders’ Forum brings together bar leaders from 15 South Pacific countries to discuss support for the legal profession in the region

2006

IBA endorses joint-proposal by Law Council of Australia, New Zealand Law Society and Fiji Law Society to establish a ‘South Pacific Bars’ Secretariat’

2007

IBA provides seed funding to establish South Pacific Bars’ Secretariat

South Pacific Forum and Legal Services

Roundtable delegates from 11 countries vote to establish a Steering Committee to oversee the development of SPBS

2008

First face-to-face meeting of SPLA Steering Committee in Nadi, Fiji

2009

Second face-to-face meeting of Steering Committee held in Perth, Australia

 

Draft SPLA Constitution endorsed by the Committee

2010

Third face-to-face meeting of Steering Committee held in Brisbane, Australia

Steering Committee resolves to conduct a comprehensive survey of members’ needs

SPLA launches Needs Evaluation Survey of South Pacific Lawyer Associations

2011

Official launch of SPLA and
inaugural AGM in Sydney, Australia

Release of Needs Evaluation Survey

Launch of newSPLAsh 

SPLA and ABA offer inaugural ABA Advocacy Scholarships (now known as the Ross Ray QC Scholarships)

2012

American Samoa Bar Association joins SPLA

SPLA launches South Pacific Model Rules Project

2013

Inaugural SPLA South Pacific Lawyers’ Conference and AGM held in Port Vila, Vanuatu

2014

SPLA admitted as Observer Member of the Pacific Islands Law Officers’ Network (PILON) at PILON Annual Meeting in Tarawa, Kiribati

Release of Women in Law in the South Pacific

2015

Second SPLA South Pacific Lawyers’ Conference and AGM held in Brisbane, Australia

2017

Release of Legal Professional Regulation in the South Pacific
as part of the Model Rules Project

SPLA co-badges Fiji Law Society Annual Conference in Nadi, Fiji

Face-to-face SPLA General Meeting and Executive Meetings made possible due to the sponsorship of the IBA Bar Issues Commission

Release of SPLA CPD Needs Survey

2019

2020

Launch of SPLAhub

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