Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi will be speaking on a panel for the first of a three-part Pacific Law, Custom & Constitutionalism Conference series at the University of Auckland, next week.
In light of Samoa’s recent public debates on Constitutional law reform in the areas of land law, law and religion, and traditional leadership, the dialogue will be focusing on these specific areas because of its relevance to Samoan and Pasifika communities in the Pacific.
The conference offers an opportunity for the New Zealand-based Pacific community and other New Zealanders interested in the connections between Pacific law, custom and constitutionalism, to dialogue with leading Pacific custom law experts and law professionals constitutions.
The Panel will also feature other prominent Samoans such as Judge Ida Malosi of the NZ District, Family & Youth Courts, Sister Vitolia Mo’a of S.M.S.M St Mary’s Savalalo, Executive Director of le Siosiomaga Society Incorp. (O.L.S.S.I) Fiu Mata’ese Elisara La’ulu, and C.E.O of Samoa Law Reform Commission, Teleiai Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo.
Due to the complexities of the subject matter, the conference series will be running over three years with one conference a year.
The first conference focuses on the dialogue between New Zealand and Samoa.
The event is being co-hosted by the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Law and Faculty of Arts and Centre for Pacific Studies in association with A.U.T’s Psychology programme, Massey University’s school of Psychology and the New Zealand Institute of Pacific Research.
The conference is open to anyone who is interested in exploring Pacific law, custom and constitutionalism generally and the interface between law and Samoan traditional indigenous leadership and Samoan customary or indigenous land.