The Plural Practice of Adoption in Pacific Island States

  • Jennifer Corrin
  • Sue Farran

Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sue Farran, Jennifer Corrin
    Pages 1-13
  3. Anuleshni N. Neelta
    Pages 15-41
  4. Unaisi Narawa
    Pages 43-66
  5. Eric Kwa, Nathan Onom
    Pages 67-86
  6. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa, Jennifer Corrin
    Pages 87-106
  7. Philip Kanairara, Jennifer Corrin
    Pages 107-128
  8. Mele Tupou, Sue Farran
    Pages 129-145
  9. Jennifer Corrin, Sue Farran
    Pages 147-169

About this book


This book deals with adoption laws and practices in small island developing states in the Pacific. It commences with an introductory chapter giving an overview of relevant laws and practices and pulling together the common themes and issues raised in the book. Each of the following chapters deals with adoption law and practice in a small South Pacific country. The countries in question all have plural legal systems, with systems of adoption and its closest customary law equivalent operating side by side. In most cases, there is an insufficiently developed relationship between the two systems, which has resulted in a number of problems. Additionally, international law adds another layer of complexity. Size and remoteness in the small states under discussion have a profound impact on local practices. 


Family law Legal pluralism Customary laws Nauru Samoa Fiji Tonga Papua New Guinea Vanuatu Solomon Islands

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer Corrin
    • 1
  • Sue Farran
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, TC Beirne School of LawThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Northumbria Law SchoolUniversity of Northumbria at NewcastleNewcastle upon TyneUK

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