- Coupright Page
- Table of Cases
- Table of Legislation
- List of Contributors
- Asia’s Ambivalence about International Law
- Regional Organizations
- Asia in the History and Theory of International Law
- Regional Peace and Security
- Human Rights
- International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law
- International Environmental Law
- Law of the Sea and Asian States
- International Economic Law and Asia
- International Dispute Settlement
- South Korea
- The Philippines
- Viet Nam
- Sri Lanka
- Central Asian States
- South Pacific Island States
- New Zealand
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores international law in the South Pacific Island states of Oceania. While there are some commonalities, the area is one of immense cultural and biological diversity. South Pacific Island states are beset by plural legal systems, where state laws coexist with non-state laws, at times operating side by side and at others overlapping or even intermingling. These competing domestic laws are not the only sources of law to contend with; international law plays an increasingly large role in these countries. While international law is traditionally regarded as the law governing the relationship between states, ‘modern’ international law includes rules relating to individuals and non-state bodies. This additional layer of law increases the complexities of the relationship between formal and customary laws. The chapter then focuses on international law in common law island states in the Pacific, specifically looking at the South Pacific Island states which have ratified the Pacific Island States Trade Agreement.
Jennifer Corrin is Director of Comparative Law and Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland, Australia.
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