Codification and Creation of Community & Customary Laws in the South Pacific and Beyond

ANU Codification Conference 2018

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 26 July 2018 to Friday 27 July 2018


Sir Roland Wilson Building, Seminar room 1.02, Building #120, ANU
ANU Canberra




Miranda Forsyth

Conference Output

To be confirmed.


The format for the conference is set out in the Conference Program. You can also view and download the program under the Downloads tab.


A document of all speaker bios and abstracts will be made available soon.


Speakers’ presentations from the conference sessions are included via the links below (currently updating):

Historical perspectives on the codification of custom

Michael Goddard- The origin and effects of the ‘patrilineal’ rule among the Motu-Koita of Papua New Guinea

Daniel Midena

Community law making initiatives in the Pacific

Rachel England

Lilly Kolts Be’Soer & Joe Kolts Wusik- Community Laws(Lo) by 3 communities in Jiwaka Province

Lee-Anne Sackett

International Committee of the Red Cross- From Tribal Rules to Local Law: codifying traditional rules of fighting in Papua New Guinea

Don Paterson

By-laws and customary codification in environmental management

Dirk Steenbergen & Pita Neihapi

Victor David & Carine David

Daniel Robinson

Margaret Raven

Codification of custon led by the state

Derek Futaiasi

Watson Simiong

Oona Le Meur- Codifying Customary Law in New-Caledonia: Custom’s pen and paper

Nathan Onom

Gendered dimensions, the codification of custom

Safua Akeli Amaama- Navigating CEDAW obligations and ‘custom’ in Samoa

Jojiana Cokanasiga- Codifying custom and the situtation of women in a Fijian village setting

Mema Motusaga

Roshika Deo

Gendered dimensions, the codification of custom

Siobhan McDonnell

Bridget Crichton- Gender Equity in Samoan Laws: Progress vs Contradictions

Ramona Boodoosingh & Penelope Schoeffel

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