Introduction / Anita Jowitt and Tess Newton-Cain -- Section 1: The context of change. Modernisation and development in the South Pacific / Vijay Naidu -- Section 2: Corruption. Corruption / Robert Hughes -- Governance, legitimacy and the rule of law in the South Pacific / Graham Hassall -- The Vanuatu Ombudsman / Edward R. Hill -- Section 3: customary law. Custom then and now: the changing Melanesian family / Jean G. Zorn -- Issues in contemporary customary law: women and the law / Jean G. Zorn -- Rites, whites and might: a critique of the effect of the revival of customary law upon the autonomy of indigenous women / Susan Bothmann -- The incorporation of customary law & principle into sentencing decisions in the South Pacific region / Tess Newton Cain -- Section 4: Human rights. The notion of human rights / Anita Jowitt -- Human rights vs. custom in the Pacific: struggle, adaptation, or game? / Ian Fraser -- Customary family law and gender discrimination in Papua New Guinea / Owen Jessep -- Section 5: Natural resource issues. Environmental law issues in the South Pacific and the quest for sustainable development and good governance / Laurence Cordonnery -- Legal developments in the conservation and management of highly migratory and straddling fish stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean / Laurence Cordonnery -- Section 6: Rebuilding nation states. Building bridges -- Law and justice reform in Papua New Guinea / Sinclair Dinnen -- Constitutions as limits on the state in Melanesia: comparative perspectives on constitutionalism, participation and civil society / Anthony Regan -- Legal pluralism and the problem of identity / Robert Hughes.
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