Codification Conference July 2018 (Day 1 Session 2) - Community law making initiatives in the Pacific

This is the second out of three session from the first day.

Community law making initiatives in the Pacific

Many communities across the Pacific islands region write down their own ‘customary’ or ‘local’ rules and regulations in the form of what are called customary or community laws, by-laws, constitutions or even ordinances (referred to collectively as ‘community laws’). This has a long history in many places, particularly during the colonial period, but has intensified in recent years and is taking different forms in different places. A number of national and provincial governments in the region have also recently initiated efforts to document and even codify local customary laws.

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

Ruth Kissam

Ahmad Hallak- From Tribal Rules to Local Law: codifying traditional rules of fighting in Papua New Guinea Presentation

Rachel England- Kastom law and the Sustainable Development Goals on Tanna Island (Vanuatu)

Lee-Anne Sackett- Codifying Customary Law on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu Presentation

Don Paterson- A Collection of Traditional and Contemporary Customs of Islands of Vanuatu- A Tribute to the Government and People of Vanuatu

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