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Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute
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PacLII stands for the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute. It is an initiative of the University of the South Pacific School of Law with assistance from AustLII. PacLII is a signatory to the Montreal Declaration on Public Access to Law and participates in the Free Access to Law movement, (FALM) a grouping of a number of world wide organizations committed to publishing and providing access to the law for free. PacLII is based at the Emalus Campus of the USP in Port Vila, Vanuatu.


USP School of Law is based in Port Vila and has students located across 12 countries of the Pacific who do not have easy access to the legal materials from across the region which they need to undertake their studies. PacLII was started by the School of Law as a means to overcoming the tyrannies of distance. It has grown to become a service to governments, legal professionals, NGOs, students, academics and members of the public and has been widely recognized as an example of excellence in promoting access to legal information.


PacLII collects and publishes legal materials from 20 Pacific Islands Countries on its website which is hosted by AustLII. These countries are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.


The materials consist mainly of primary materials such as court decisions and legislation but also include decisions of various tribunals, panels, Ombudsmens reports or secondary information such as court rules or bench books. PacLII is now seeking to expand its collections to include law related materials such as subject specific papers and reports. PacLII is also developing a series of subject specific libraries utilising predetermined search technology. An Intellectual Property and a Maritime Law Library have been created and more are planned. A number of Pacific Islands Treaties are also available but direct access to the database has been suspended due to a current lack of capacity.




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Regulation of Building Permits Act 2017 (No. 42 of 2017).

July, 2017

This Act establishes the Building Permits Evaluation Committee within the ministry responsible for industry and trade and provides with respect to procedures for the application for building permits and granting of building permits by the Commission. A “building permit” means a building permit referred to in the Public Health Act 1935 and its subsidiary laws.

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2016 (No. 16 of 2016).

December, 2016

This Act amends various enactments including the Forestry Act. That Act is amended in section 72 by adding after paragraph 71(2)(d) a new provision “(da) the requirements for the importation of sawn timber and wood products". and by inserting a new section 13A which requires the Customary Land Tribunal to consult the Council of Ministers, the Minister and the Director General of the Ministry of Finance before making any determination.

Amends: Forestry Act (Cap. 276). (2006)

Quarry (Amendment) Act 2016 (No. 17 of 2016).

December, 2016

This Act amendments the Quarry Act in provisions concerning, among other things, a ban on quarry activities for environmental protection reasons, approval of development on land subject to a dispute between custom owners, suspension of a quarry permit and various environmental considerations regarding developments.

Amends: Quarry Act 2013 (No. 9 of 2013). (2013-10-14)