Addressing gender-based violence at the community level: the role of urban village courts in PNG

Village Magistrate Linda Rau from Kila Kila Village Court outside Port Moresby (DFAT, Flickr)

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 07 December 2016


RegNet Meeting Room, Level 3, Coombs Extension, Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra


Fiona Hukula


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

In Papua New Guinea, matters related to family violence are often brought to village courts as a means of dispute resolution. Drawing on ongoing fieldwork in three Port Moresby Village Courts, Fiona’s presentation will consider the role of the Village Court in implementing the Family Protection Act of 2013. In doing so Fiona hopes to share some reflections and raise some questions on the wider debate of criminalising family violence in the context of urban Papua New Guinea.

About the Speaker

Fiona Hukula is a Senior Research Fellow & Program Leader of the Building Safer Communities Program at the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute.

She completed a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews in 2013. Fiona has been researching aspects of urban life with a focus on urban Village Courts and Access to Justice, Urban Sociality and Port Moresby settlements.

Fiona has a particular interest in gender and violence and how violence is understood and mediated locally. For more detail visit her RegNet profile.

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