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Law Reform in Plural Societies

  • Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa

Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa
    Pages 1-9
  3. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa
    Pages 11-33
  4. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa
    Pages 35-48
  5. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa
    Pages 49-68
  6. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa
    Pages 69-127
  7. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa
    Pages 129-168
  8. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa
    Pages 169-189
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 191-196

About this book

Introduction

This book asserts that the Pacific Islands continue to struggle with the colonial legacy of plural legal systems, comprising  laws and legal institutions from both the common law and the customary legal system. It also investigates the extent to which customary principles and values are accommodated in legislation. Focusing on Samoa, the author argues that South Pacific countries continue to adopt a Western approach to law reform without considering legal pluralism, which often results in laws which are unsuitable and irrelevant to Samoa. In the context of this system of law making, effective law reform in Samoa can only be achieved where the law reform process recognises the legitimacy of the two primary legal systems.  The book goes on to present a law reform process that is more relevant and suitable for law making in the Pacific Islands or any post-colonial societies.

Keywords

Pacific Islands Customary law State law Legal pluralism challenges Indigenous societies Pacific societies

Authors and affiliations

  • Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa
    • 1
  1. 1.TC Beirne School of LawUniversity of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65524-6
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65523-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65524-6
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