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A series of Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) InBriefs is planned following this conference. 1000 word summaries are also made available below for each speaker/presentation.
A special issue of the Journal of South Pacific Law is currently in development.
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 is available in the Conference Program.
Speakers’ Powerpoint presentations and/or written papers from the conference sessions provided under the following sessions. Audio recordings from the Conference are available via the links below:
Miranda Forsyth- Presentation
Day 1/Session 1: Historical perspectives on the codification of custom
Day 1/Session 2: Community law making initiatives in the Pacific
Lilly Kolts Be’Soer & Joe Kolts Wusik- Community Laws(Lo) by 3 communities in Jiwaka Province Presentation
Day 1/Session 3: By-laws and customary codification in environmental management
Dirk Steenbergen & Pita Neihapi
Victor David & Carine David- Presentation
Daniel Robinson & Margaret Raven- Customary laws and community protocols in the Pacific: Next steps under the Nagoya Protocol Presentation
Day 2/Session 1: Codification of custon led by the state
Watson Simiong- Presentation
Nathan Onom- Presentation
Day 2/Session 2: 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 Presentation
Day 2/Session 3: Gendered dimensions, the codification of custom
Bridget Crichton- Gender Equity in Samoan Laws: Progress vs Contradictions Presentation
Ramona Boodoosingh & Penelope Schoeffel- Codification of customary regulations by village councils in Samoa: Some social and gender issues