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Legal Systems of the Pacific



21 March 2011

Applications are still open for this first semester intensive unit, which runs from 6-7 and 20-21 May 2011.

Legal Systems of the Pacific aims to expand the understanding generally of the legal systems of various countries of the Pacific region.

It highlights the impact of changes in international law on the region and provides an understanding of the 'regionalism' approach being adopted across the Pacific.

Countries examined include:

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Fiji
  • Vanuatu
  • The Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Samoa

The unit is convened by Judge G D Woods QC of the District Court of New South Wales and John Ridgway, Managing Partner of PLN Lawyers.

Judge G D Woods is Judge of the District Court of New South Wales.

When at the Sydney bar, he practised from time to time in Fiji and Vanuatu.

He is also an Historian of Australian and Pacific criminal laws.

John Ridgway is Managing Partner of PLN Lawyers, home of the Pacific Legal Network, a network of independently owned and operated firms spanning the Pacific.

He is formerly a legal practitioner in Port Vila, Vanuatu and Chairman of the Vanuatu Financial Centre Association.

He is also founder of the Vanuatu Law Reports and President of the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council between 2004 and 2007.

He is an expert in commercial law across the Pacific.

The unit is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Further information on the 2011 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program


Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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