Plural Procedures for Adoption and ‘Vae Tama’ in Samoa

  • Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa
  • Jennifer CorrinEmail author
Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 5)


In 1962, Samoa became the first Pacific Island country to gain independence. Under the State system, laws relating to children are governed by legislation and the common law, and to some extent by international law. Outside the State system, but recognised by the Constitution, customary laws are also in operation. The interrelationship between customary laws and the State system poses challenges on many levels, particularly in the realm of personal relationships, including adoption. This chapter examines the laws on adoption and the relationship between State adoption and customary adoption, more properly referred to by the Samoan term, ‘vae tama’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa
    • 1
  • Jennifer Corrin
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Samoa Law Reform CommissionApiaSamoa
  2. 2.Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, TC Beirne School of LawThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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