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Pacific Islands: legal resources: Pacific islands

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying the law and legal systems and traditons of the smaller island countries of the Pacific Ocean at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for Pacific Island jurisdictions, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

Using this guide

Navigate through this guide by clicking on the pertinent tab you can see above this box (below the main title of this guide).
Other Law Bod guides (see links below) may also be useful for your studies:

Resources for Pacific Islands

Holders of an Oxford SSO should use the database Oxford Constitutions of the World

Law Reports of the Commonwealth (LRC)
Holders of an Oxford SSO can access these (1995 onwards) via LexisLibrary.
Print copies are at Cw Gen 100 L30 on Level 1.

Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PACLII): A facility of the University of the South Pacific School of Law

American Samoa - Cook Islands - Fiji - FSM Federated States of Micronesia - Guam - Kiribati - Marshall Islands - Nauru - Niue -
Nouvelle Calédonie - Palau - Papua New Guinea - Pitcairn Islands - Samoa - Solomon Islands - Tokelau - Tonga - Tuvalu - Vanuatu 

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council hears ‘appeals to Her Majesty in Council’ from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Cook Islands & Niue

Printed Resources

Depth of coverage varies considerably: you may well discover that for some countries the collection has an historic rather than a current emphasis.

Shelf marks to national collections start with some geographic indication eg Vanuata

The current material for each country is shelved in 3 different alphabetical sequences one for primary sources (usually case law only), one for journals, and one for texts and monographs. In some cases this is hypothetically speaking - we do not necessarily have all forms of literature for all countries!

Printed works which deal with more than one jurisdiction (eg comparative studies) are in a separate section of the LawBod with shelf marks starting General. If all the islands you researching are part of The Commonwealth then you might be directed to shelf mark Cw Gen - which is a separate collection.

International Law Dimensions

Subject search the catalogue using for example: "Self-determination, National", "Non-self-governing territories", "mandates", "international trusteeships", "Human Rights," "Environmental law,"  "Fishing Law" etc.  Shelfmarks beginning Internat.

SOLO searches may also reveal useful material in these two libraries:

Pacific rim jurisdictions