The Law of Adoption in Papua New Guinea

  • Eric Kwa
  • Nathan Onom
Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 5)


Papua New Guinea is the largest of the Pacific island states considered in this collection, both in terms of land mass and population. It is also one of the most complex in terms of the diversity and number of indigenous languages and the treatment of customs and customary laws. Whilst the formal law on adoption reflects a colonial past it also acknowledges customary adoption. In recent years greater legislative attention has been focussed on children and proposed reforms to the formal law on adoption are part of this shift.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Kwa
    • 1
  • Nathan Onom
    • 1
  1. 1.Constitutional and Law Reform CommissionPort MoresbyPapua New Guinea

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