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This micro-credential will provide an introduction to key issues in law and justice in the Pacific islands region. To understand the issues, the focus will be on historical and colonial legacies, and the plural and hybrid forms of law and justice that have emerged. Within this context, the micro-credential will consider law and justice development in the region, including broad trends, challenges & reform priorities. Case studies from region will illustrate the key issues. The micro-credential aims to equip enrollees with tools to facilitate the analysis and understanding of domestic and international to reform and develop law and justice capabilities in an environment of rapid change and challenging complexity.


  1. Colonial impositions and global standards including; legacies of colonisation, establishment of modern justice systems and impact of international conventions
  2. Legal and justice pluralism including; customary norms and state law, policing and security, adjudication and dispute management and punishment and compensation
  3. Law and justice capacity building in the region including; policies and programs using case studies and regional networks of state and non-state actors
  4. Local innovations including; hybrid approaches

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Use concepts and frameworks to critically analyse complex and contemporary law and justice issues
  2. Demonstrate a working understanding of law and justice policy challenges
  3. Formulate, analyse and evaluate policy options for improved law and justice outcomes in Pacific Islands countries
  4. Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and arguments in a range of forms for professional and scholarly audiences

Indicative assessment

Essay in the form of a short research paper (2,000 words) on a topic agreed with the credential convenors: 60%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Short presentation on research and main findings: 40%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assumed knowledge 

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent. 

Micro-credential stack information 

 This Micro-credential is currently not part of a stack.


  • Course Code: DPA20

  • Workload: Contact hours: 12 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 50-60 hours.

  • ANU unit value: 3 units

  • Course Code Level: 8000

  • Contact:  ANU Department of Pacific Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification. 

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