Prior to joining The Australian National University Derek worked as the Deputy Secretary to Prime Minister and Assistant Secretary to Prime Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Solomon Islands. He served under the leadership of three Prime Ministers from 2013 to 2017. It was during this period that he developed his interest in Constituency Development Funds and its related nexus to issues pertaining to separations of power, among other issues.
In Solomon Islands, Derek was also the focal point for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and represented Solomon Islands in various international meetings pertaining to the UNCAC. Derek holds a LLB, Professional Diploma in Legal Practice and LLM from The University of the South Pacific.
His LLM research encompasses customary land disputes and challenges facing custom dispute mechanism (chiefs/traditional leaders dealing with customary land disputes) in Malaita, Solomon Islands. Therefore, when he had an attachment with the Solomon Islands Law Reform Commission for a year (April 2012 – February 2013) he was part of the legal-policy unit within the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs who toured Isabel and Makira Provinces to consult on the Tribal Land Dispute Resolution Panels Bill.
Legal Pluralism, Pacific Legal Systems, Public Law and Rural Development.
Constituency Development Funds in Solomon Islands: An Examination of its Regulatory Framework and Its Impacts on the Separation of Powers.