Law Council of Australia


Foreign Activity in the South Pacific and its Implications for the Rule of Law

Speech delivered by Morry Bailes, President, Law Council of Australia at the 31st LAWASIA Conference 2018, Cambodia, 3 November 2018.

"Firstly, I think it is important to discuss the connection between foreign activity and the Rule of Law.

A critical problem for the legal profession in the South Pacific is that many law societies operate in very challenging and constrained financial circumstances.

The Pacific legal profession is small and tends to be concentrated in the major centres. There are generally far fewer private legal practitioners than public lawyers and the overall proportion of lawyers is much lower throughout the Pacific than in larger common law jurisdictions such as Australia or New Zealand."

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