The only book of its kind, Introduction to South Pacific Law provides an overview of law in the South Pacific. It sets out the framework of South Pacific legal systems and also describes the substantive law on a broad range of topics.
Examining both state laws and customary law, the book highlights common patterns and explains some of the principal differences between the laws and legal systems of the countries of the region.
The introductory chapter looks at the development of South Pacific law and at South Pacific jurisprudence. Individual chapters are devoted to state laws, customary law, constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, family law, contract law, torts law, land law, and court systems. The book makes extensive reference to legislative provisions and case law of individual jurisdictions.
Including a discussion of recent changes in the law, this new edition of Introduction to South Pacific Law is a useful and up-to-date resource for all those interested in the law of the region.
‘As the authors point out, interest in South Pacific law has been on the increase, although still under-researched -- and here is where this book obviously makes a valuable contribution. Extensively footnoted with almost seventy-five pages of tables of cases, legislation and constitutions, it excels as a work of reference, written -- fortunately -- in an accessible and readable style, with fascinating insights into the history and varied cultures of the South Pacific region. From students to seasoned practitioners, anyone interested in South Pacific law should regard this book as an essential purchase.’ -- Elizabeth Taylor and Phillip Taylor MBE, The Barrister
‘[…] it is a highly readable scholarly work that fully serves its purpose. A valuable addition to the library of every practitioner and student of South Pacific Law.’ -- Justice Vui Clarence Nelson – full review published in International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates Chronicle, January 2018 edition
‘The authors have avoided easy generalisations and have instead painstakingly provided comprehensive and detailed information about each of the jurisdictions covered. There is also lawyerlike and weighty speculation about possible solutions to important issues for which authoritative answers have not yet been provided by the courts. The book is invaluable to students and to legal practitioners alike.’ -- Horst K. Lücke, RabelsZ 82/3 (2018) 563-883
‘Every law library should have a copy of this book. And every lawyer who is interested in the world around them will find the fast-paced opening chapters on historical sources of law, customary law and constitutional law in Pacific nations to be a very rewarding read, and the balance of the book valuable when needed.’ -- Paul Rishworth, Asia Pacific Law Review, 2019
Chapter 1. South Pacific law and jurisprudence (p. 1)
Chapter 2. State laws (p. 13)
Chapter 3. Customary law (p. 51)
Chapter 4. Constitutional law (p. 77)
Chapter 5. Administrative law (p. 129)
Chapter 6. Criminal law (p. 163)
Chapter 7. Family law (p. 193)
Chapter 8. Contract law (p. 237)
Chapter 9. Torts law (p. 287)
Chapter 10. Land law (p. 317)
Chapter 11. State courts (p. 371)
Glossary, Index (p. 431)