Charting the legal systems of the western Pacific islands [electronic resource] : a legal research guide / by Victoria J. Szymczak

Szymczak, Victoria, author
Getzville, New York : William S. Hein and Company, Incorporated, 2017
[Getzville, New York] : William S. Hein and Company, [2018]
Legal research guides ; v. 70
Spinelli's law library reference shelf
Legal research guides ; volume 70
HeinOnline Spinelli's law library reference shelf
1 online resource (xv, 60 pages)
Great Britain. High Commission for Western Pacific Islands -- Legal research.
Law -- Islands of the Pacific -- Legal research
Law -- Oceania -- Legal research
Law -- Kiribati -- Legal research
Law -- Solomon Islands -- Legal research
Law -- Tonga -- Legal research
Law -- Tuvalu -- Legal research
Law -- Vanuatu -- Legal research
Legal research -- Islands of the Pacific
Legal research -- Oceania
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Oceania -- Legal research
Electronic books.
The Pacific region holds a cluster emerging nations that are attempting to reconcile a British-styled legal system with indigenous customary law. This union often creates conflict especially in areas of criminal law, human rights, family law, hereditary rights and property law. This guide provides a framework to support historical and current research on the legal systems of Pacific island nations which were under control of the British High Commissioner of the Western Pacific prior to their independence in the latter half of the 20th century: Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Parts I and II highlight difficulties researching these legal systems and suggests solutions. Part III reviews the legal history of the former British dependencies including the roles of prerogative instruments, British Parliamentary laws, localized legislation, and case law. Part IV provides strategies to fill gaps in documentation. Part V assesses research tools in the current legal system. The guide concludes with an appendix of primary resources for both pre-independence and post-independence legal authority.--Publisher
Introduction and scope
Before setting sail
Strategies for filling the gaps of protectorate and colonial documentation
Post independence sources of law
Review of resources
Appendix I. Chart of island name variations
Appendix 2. Proclamation
Appendix 3. King's regulation
Includes bibliographical references
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