February 2018

Conference - Pacific Law, Custom and Constitutionalism - Part I - Aotearoa NZ and Samoa in Dialogue: Law Reforms in Customary Land Tenure, Religious Rights and Traditional Leadership


This conference is Part 1 of a three-part conference series that recognises the inextricable ties between the New Zealand-based Pasifika diaspora and their Pacific Island homelands and the historical and contemporary influence New Zealand still has on the political and legal infrastructures of Pacific nations. This initial conference is a dialogue between Aotearoa NZ and Samoa and takes advantage of Samoa’s recent public debates on constitutional law reform in the areas of land law, law and religion, and traditional leadership; and its relevance to Samoan and Pasifika communities in Aotearoa. Samoans make up just under half of the total New Zealand-resident Pasifika population.

Part-2 conference will cover dialogue between NZ and Tonga, and Part-3 between NZ and its self-governing territories – Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue.

More about the conference

NZ Law Foundation has granted up to $24,300 to bring Samoan and domestic speakers to the conference, to support 80 student registration fees, and to provide research assistance to prepare conference papers for publication