The course compares the legal systems of Pacific countries. It examines customary law and its relationship with introduced law against a background of legal pluralism and cultural relativism, and considers solutions and directions for the future.

Professor Jennifer Corrin

Professor Jennifer Corrin is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, researching on law reform and development in plural legal regimes. This year she was awarded an ARC Discovery Grant which will investigate means of better managing the flow of public finances and people across Australia’s international borders. Professor Corrin is a partner investigator in an international research collaboration on legal pluralism funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council. She is also part of an interdisciplinary team working on environmental issues in Solomon Islands, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Professor Corrin is Co-Convenor of the UQ Solomon Islands Partnership, an interdisciplinary group which promotes and coordinates international academic interests in Solomon Islands. She has published in the areas of legal pluralism, comparative law, South Pacific law, customary law, human rights, court systems, evidence, civil procedure, family law, land law, constitutional law and contract.

Current projects include research on legal pluralism and theories of law; access to justice in plural regimes; indigenous law and processes in Melanesia; and family law in the South Pacific. In 2016 she published the third edition of Courts and Civil Procedure in the South Pacific, and a fourth edition of Introduction to South Pacific Law is forthcoming. Before joining The University of Queensland, Professor Corrin spent six years at the University of the South Pacific, having joined the Faculty after nine years in her own legal firm in Solomon Islands. She retains strong links with the profession and is a life member of Solomon Islands Bar Association. Professor Corrin is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Pluralism, a member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of South Pacific Law, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific.

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